Last month, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame received a special gift! A bronze sculpture of Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, the first woman ever elected to the Hall of Fame, was presented to the Museum at a private unveiling ceremony. Now on display, the statue is the latest addition to the Museum’s permanent collection. Read on to learn more about Krone, as well as her incredible legacy in the sport of horseracing.
Honoring a Racing Legend
As the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Julie Krone’s success on the field is truly historic. According to a Museum press release, Krone won 3,704 races and had purse earnings of $90.1 million in her distinguished riding career. She became the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 1993, Krone was the first woman to win a Triple Crown race (the Belmont Stakes with Colonial Affair). She stole victory in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup race for Juvenile Fillies with Halfbridled, and from 1981 through 2004, Krone won an impressive 132 graded stakes races!
“It has been 25 years since Julie Krone rode to victory in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, the only time in history that a Triple Crown race was won by a female jockey,” sculptor Linda Stinson said at the July 18 unveiling ceremony. “This spectacular accomplishment was just one of so many record-setting achievements in her career. You could say Julie shattered the ‘glass ceiling’ on the back of a racehorse. In working with Julie on her portrait in bronze, I wanted to create another permanent reminder of her extraordinary life.”
Before completing the bronze sculpture of Krone, Linda Stinson sculpted the likenesses of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome and New Mexico-bred Peppers Pride, who won every one of her 19 career starts. Stinson, who began her studies at Texas Christian University and the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, earned a Masters’ Degree in Art from the University of Dallas. After teaching art at TCU and the University of Dallas, she worked in advertising design for over twenty years, winning several industry awards, and later studied sculpture at the Scottsdale Artist School.
The sculpture of Krone was two years in the making, with Stinson starting work on the project in July 2016. It was sent to a foundry for finishing in October 2017 before being completed this July. In attendance at the unveiling ceremony were the artist, her husband, Michael, and Julie Krone.
“On behalf of the Museum and its Collections Committee, we are thrilled to share our newest acquisition with our visitors,” Museum Curator Victoria Reisman said at the ceremony. “To have a likeness of the first woman inducted into our Hall of Fame exhibited in our Sculpture Gallery is an absolute honor for us. We want to thank Julie, Linda and Michael for this wonderful gift to our collection.”
To learn more about the Museum Collection, visit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.