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1993 Belmont Stakes – Colonial Affair & Julie Krone



On a rainy day marred by the stunning swings of racing fortune, the star thoroughbred Prairie Bayou suffered a fractured foreleg and did not survive the Belmont Stakes yesterday while the long shot Colonial Affair was taking the race and Julie Krone was riding into history as the first woman to win any of the Triple Crown classics.

Female riders were 0 for 7 in the Classics, and Krone herself had not won in three previous Triple Crown appearances. But she guided Colonial Affair through the homestretch to defeat Kissin Kris by two-and-a-quarter lengths in a race that saw four outsiders finish on top.

But her victory was tempered by the shock of the accident that cost the life of Prairie Bayou.

“It’s like losing a member of your family,” Krone said. “He wins one of the classics and nearly wins another. It’s a wrenching, heartbreaking thing.”

Prairie Bayou, second in the Kentucky Derby five weeks ago and first in the Preakness three weeks ago, was racing down the backstretch 11th in the field of 13 when he suddenly buckled to his left. His rider, Mike Smith, sensed the 3-year-old gelding had taken “a bad step, it was raining and kind of slippery.” And Smith bailed out over the horse’s right side while Prairie Bayou tried to continue jogging for several hundred more yards before pulling up.



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  1. R. I. P. Scotty Schulhofer, who died on December 14, 2006 at age 80, victim of a cáncer. He won 1999 Belmont Stakes with Lemon Drop Kid, ridden by Jose Santos and was inducted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1992. Schulhofer was a longtime supporter of Julie Krone and both combined to win 113 races from 1988 to 1998.

  2. "¡Epa, chica! ¡Estás haciendo el trabajo de atrás para adelante! Primero, debes ganar el Derby, después el Preakness y luego el Belmont" Gracioso comentario de Judi Krone (QEPD) por teléfono a su hija Julie Krone después que ganó el Belmont Stakes 1993. Saludos desde Venezuela.

  3. "Hey girl! You´re doing the job from behind to forward! First you must win the Kentucky Derby, then the Preakness Stakes and at the end the Belmont Stakes"   Funny comment from Judi Krone to her daughter Julie Krone by phone after she won 1993 Belmont Stakes

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