"Diane Crump’s career as a jockey was a catalog of 'firsts'—the first woman to ride in a race at a recognized track in the United States, on February 7, 1969, at Hialeah; the first woman to ride two winners in a single day; the first woman to win a stakes race; the first woman to have a mount in the Kentucky Derby. Remarkably, it has taken a half-century for someone to write a comprehensive biography of this ground-breaking rider. Mark Shrager’s chronicle of the remarkable woman who shattered horse racing’s glass ceiling finally remedies that oversight."
--Milt Toby, award-winning author and turf historian whose latest book is Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case
"We cannot think of today’s hardworking female jockeys without paying honor to Diane Crump. She broke through the glass ceiling and helped pave the way for thousands of dedicated, strong women that made horse racing their profession. In this book, Mark Shrager tells Diane’s extraordinary story with a biographer’s attention to detail and a racing aficionado’s appreciation for his subject. I would recommend this book to anyone, sports fan or not, seeking to learn about a history-making woman’s unstinting – and endlessly fascinating – effort to live her dream.
--Jason Neff, director/producer of the documentary, "JOCK", on female jockeys
"Becoming a jockey is no small task. It is hard, indescribably hard. Diane Crump was my idol before I became a jockey, and she still is. She paved the way and made my career possible, despite facing prejudices, sexism and verbal abuse. I can’t even imagine how hard it was, and what Diane had to endure just to ride against men who didn't want her there. She was like me, a girl who loved horses and just wanted to ride races. Where did she possibly find the inner strength to do what she did?"
--Andrea Seefeldt, winning rider in 605 races, including 38 stakes wins, and the second woman to ride in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness
"Ms. Crump chose a tough career that never got easier. She had to prove herself over and over again."
--New York Times