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“I was overflowing with drive and
determination and nothing was going to get
in the way of my success.
Julie Makes History as Top Jockey
In 1989, Julie appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She had arrived! David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Johnny Carson welcomed her to their shows. By this time, she was more comfortable in her own skin and could speak her mind with more ease. Later, after she moved to California in 1999, Julie became a television commentator herself. She has worked for TVG racing network and the Hollywood Park simulcast network, as well as doing commentary for other special shows, like the 2000 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs,
a race she had been the first woman to compete in just a few
As Julie wrote in Riding for My Life, “Sooner or later every jockey falls from her horse.” She’s incurred a few injuries over the years, some more serious than others. At Saratoga in 1993 she suffered a fall that nearly killed her. The long recuperation demanded as much courage and perseverance as her racing career. The fiercely independent Julie could no longer take care of herself. In learning to depend upon others, she finally realized how many people loved and cared about her as a person, not just as a star. In her first press conference in the hospital, she cried, overwhelmed by her feelings about what had happened and by her own vulnerability. This was new. She had always kept a stiff upper lip with the media, never daring to show much of her true self.
When she returned to the track after her recovery, she was terrified that she would fall again and — perhaps even worse — that she might have lost her touch with horses. She soon won another race at Belmont, however, on Consider the Lily, a horse she had known and loved as a two-year-old filly. She wrote in her memoir:
“I was back, but I finally understood I had never been gone.
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“It’s inspiring to read about the lives
of so many successful horsewomen—their accomplishments, their individuality
and the simple things that make them seem like one of us. It's the
latter that makes us think that if they can do it, maybe we can! And it’s
their unique strength and determination in the face of adversity that
sets them apart and gives us something to strive for.”
– Julie Goodnight, Goodnight Training, Inc.