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Wantha Davis

Wantha Davis (born 1918) is a pioneering American female jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Born Wantha Lorena Bangs near Liberal, Kansas, she married horse breeder Lendol Davis. After graduating from High School, Ms. Bangs rode a freight train to Texas where she found work in the stables at a thoroughbred racetrack. A year later she was back in Kansas where she began her career as a jockey. Competing in a male dominated sport, over the next twenty plus years Wantha Davis won more than one thousand races at a time when women were refused licensing.

Her success was such that many major sports writers considered her to be among the top jockeys in the United States. Her victories include the 1940 Tucson Derby in Tucson, Arizona but she is probably most famous for defeating the great Johnny Longden in an exhibition match race at Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico on December 18, 1949. A few months later on April 30, 1950, Davis followed up with a similar match race victory over another future National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame jockey, Jack Westrope.

In 2004, Wantha Davis was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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