She was only the second Korean woman to be granted a jockey license, now Lee Shin Young could make history by becoming the first female trainer in Korea. Lee was one of a small number of jockeys who took exams for the Trainer’s License last month. Comfortably passing both the theory and practical elements, she will be able to make the move from the track to the barn when a training vacancy opens up.
Lee Shin Young, who will turn 30 in April, gained her jockey’s license in 2001 and has ridden a creditable 86 winners from 855 rides since then. Known for an aggressive riding style that has earned her both praise and criticism, she has ridden more thoroughbred winners than any other lady rider in Korea.
If the weighing room is a male-dominated world, the backstretch is even more so. If Lee does indeed take charge of her own barn then it will be a landmark event in Korean racing. That could be some time away, however, and in the meantime, Lee has returned to race riding after a long lay-off through injury.
Chulgigi had a full write-up on this story (in Korean) last month.