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  Women Horse Trainers

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Mary Hirsch (1937 No Sir, 13th): Owner and trainer, and daughter of famed trainer Max Hirsch, who won the Derby with Bold Venture, Assault and Middleground. No Sir was part of the nine-horse mutuel field. In 1932, as a 20-year-old, she applied for a New York trainer's license from the Jockey Club, but was "politely" turned down. On July 7, 1934, she became the first woman licensed in Illinois and also received a license in Michigan that year. She later received a license in New York. In 1940, she married Charles McLennan, a racing secretary at several tracks in the east. She encouraged her father to get apprentice jockey Ira Hanford to ride Bold Venture in the 1936 Derby.

Mrs. Albert Roth (1949 Senecas Coin, did not finish): Owner, trainer and breeder of Senecas Coin. Although a native of Oklahoma, she was the first licensed woman trainer in Louisville. She operated the 96-acre Rothland Farm off Third Street in South Louisville. Senecas Coin was part of a two-horse mutuel field.

Mary Keim (1965 Mr. Pak, 6th): She entered racing in the late 1950s and began training with a stable of six horses valued at $81,000. She received her trainer's license in 1964 and in 1965 became the first and only woman trainer of a Kentucky Oaks winner, Amerivan. As an owner her Indian Maid won Churchill's Falls City three consecutive years, 1959-60-61.

Dianne Carpenter(1984 Biloxi Indian, 12th; 1988 Kingpost, 14th): She is the only woman to have started two horses in the Derby, and was also owner of Biloxi Indian. Sent Kingpost out to a runner-up effort in the 1988 Belmont. A successful owner and trainer, she received her trainer's license in 1976 and won three stakes at Churchill during the 1980s, the Clark Handicap, Perryville and Kentucky Jockey Club.

Patti Johnson (1985 Fast Account, 4th): Began as an exercise rider for trainer Willard Proctor in 1972, and later served as his assistant before starting her training career in 1978. A native of Pasadena, California, she attended Cal Poly-Pomona for one year studying animal husbandry. She brought No Marker to Churchill in the Fall 1989 and won the Clark Handicap, followed by a win in the Stephen Foster in the Spring '90.

Shelley Riley (1992 Casual Lies, 2nd): She became a trainer in 1976, and purchased Casual Lies for $7,500 from the 1990 Keeneland January winter mixed sale. A regular on the Northern California circuit, she is the only woman trainer to campaign a horse through the entire Triple Crown, Casual Lies, who finished third in the Preakness and fifth in the Belmont.

Cynthia Reese (1996 In Contention, 15th): A trainer on the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware circuits, the Kansas native shares the operation with her husband, Walter. The couple is based at their Timber Creek Farm in New Jersey. Reese learned from noted conditioners Frank Whiteley and Del Carroll.

Kathy Walsh (1998 Hanuman Highway, 7th): She began helping her father, a trainer, when she was only eight. She worked for him for several years before taking over his stable after he died in 1970. She trained on the Northern California circuit until 1980 when she got married and decided to take a break from the racetrack. In 1985, she returned to training.

Akiko Gothard (1999 K One King, 8th): Her roles in the Thoroughbred industry have included bloodstock agent, insurance agent, owner and trainer. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she was born Oct. 7, 1930 and moved to the United States in 1957. She attended the University of Kentucky and taught Asian Studies while still a student. Akiko became a bloodstock agent in 1970, and married Marvin Gothard in 1985 after selling him his first Thoroughbred. The couple became trainers and worked together until Marvin’s death.

Jenine Sahadi (2000 The Deputy (Ire), 14th): Jenine became the first female trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race when Lit de Justice triumphed in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint. She made it back-to-back Sprint victories just 12 months later when Elmhurst won the six-furlong race at Hollywood Park. Her stable has earned at least $1-million every year except 1993, falling just $5,595 short, although it is worth noting she did not go out on her own until April of that year. In 2000, she was in the national spotlight with Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner The Deputy (Ire), who she saddled as her first starter in the Kentucky Derby (GI). A graduate of the University of Southern California, Sahadi worked for Hollywood Park in Inglewood in a variety of roles, including as publicist, before launching her training career. Daughter of Cardiff Stud Farm founder Fred Sahadi, she is married to fellow trainer Ben D. A. Cecil.

Kristin Mulhall (2004 Imperialism, 3rd): Mulhall was born into racing: she is the daughter of veteran horseman Richard Mulhall. She was an equestrian rider through her teens before obtaining trainer's license during Hollywood Park's 2002 Spring/Summer Meet. Her father was the former racing manager of the now defunct Thoroughbred Coporation. She handled the dispersal sale of the Thoroughbred Corp. racing and breeding stock at the Barrett's February 2004 sale. She won her first race at Del Mar in 2002 with Atarama. First stakes winner was Sentimental Bay, who won the Ramser Stakes at Santa Anita in October 2003. She is based in southern California and is well-known for her dedication to her horses.

Jennifer Pedersen (2004 Song of the Sword, 11th): 2004 marked the first time in history that two women trainers had starters in the Derby. A native of Forest Hills in Queens, New York, Pedersen, started on the racetrack when she was 16 and was hired by Ernie Paragallo, owner of Paraneck Stable, to be his private trainer after he took notice of the positive attitude she displayed in running his Center Brook Farm in Climax, New York. She became the second female trainer to win the Lane's End Stakes when New York Hero won the 2003 renewal of the Grade II stakes at Turfway Park. She also also won the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland with Griffinite, who also ran fifth in the Preakness. She is the mother of two children.

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