“There are only a few women who are going to make it.”


Mary Bacon 1948 – 1991
Born to a poor family in Oklahoma and later a foster care child, Mary went on to become one of the top female jockeys in the world. Just months after giving birth to her daughter, Mary won her first race and went on to win 55 more times that year, 1969. In total, Mary won 286 races and was one of the “Top Ten Jockeys” at New York’s prestigious Aqueduct Racetrack in 1974. Her good looks gave her a contract with Revlon and layouts in magazines, such as, Vogue. Despite her glamorous exterior she was tough, sustaining serious injuries and broken bones, only to bravely remount again. Her bravery won her the nickname, “The Evel Knievel of the racetrack.” Mary’s ashes were spread at Belmont Park over the grave of the great female racehorse Ruffian.