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WHO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE JOCKEY TO WIN THE PENNSYLVANIA DERBY?
Three years before her career abruptly ended, Andrea Seefeldt won the Pennsylvania Derby. She converted from Show Horse riding to become a jockey in 1981. She rode across the country for 13 years. In the early years she struggled as one of the few female jockeys experiencing a variety of forms of discrimination. The jockey colonies at that time were populated mostly with men. Getting good mounts for her was very difficult in the early years. There was a lot of confusion about whether females could or should become jockeys. In 1991 she guided Valley Crossing across the finish-line first to win the Pennsylvania Derby..