27 years ago, Julie Krone made history when she became first female jockey to win Triple Crown race

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Many people saw Julie Krone as a female jockey, but she saw herself as simply a jockey.

On June 5, 1993, Krone and her horse, Colonial Affair, rode to victory in the Belmont Stakes, making Krone the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race. Twenty-seven years later, she’s still the only one.

Even her victory that day came with heartbreak. Colonial Affair came in with 14-1 odds to win the race, an underdog to favorite Prairie Bayou. But half a mile into the race, Prairie Bayou buckled and later had to be put down. The accident overshadowed Krone's victory.

For her performance, Krone won ESPN’s Professional Female Athlete of the Year in 1993. She is a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Julie Krone rides Colonial Affair to the wire to win the 125th running of The Belmont Stakes on June 5, 1993. (Photo: JIM SULLEY, Associated Press)

Despite the fact that she never wanted to be seen as a trailblazer, Krone retired 16 years ago, and no female jockey since has come close to matching her achievements.

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Sports video of the day

On MLB Network on Friday night, you can relive the height of the 1990s Braves — their 1995 World Series victory. The coverage will culminate with the clinching Game 6 at 8 p.m. ET, but if you don't want to watch the whole thing, here's a cutup of Tom Glavine's masterful eight-inning, one-hit performance.

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NFL (Classic): Both NBC Sports Network and FS1 are showing classics Friday. FS1 will be showing the Patriots' and Eagles' Super Bowl XXXIX showdown at 7 p.m. ET while the Bengals-49ers tilt in Super Bowl XXIII — the last time the Bengals made a Super Bowl — will be on NBCSN beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

MLB (Classic): MLB Network is paying homage to the 1990s Braves by showing replays of the 1995 World Series. Game 2 will begin at 1 p.m. ET followed by Game 4 at 3 p.m. and Game 6 at 8 p.m.

NBA (Classic): If you've been missing the thrill of a Game 7, you can have your fill on NBATV. First, at 1 p.m. ET, relive 2013's Game 7 between the Heat and Spurs. Then, at 6 p.m., Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals between the Knicks and Pacers.

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