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Governor Palin shared a link to the story: First Female Jockey Wins Melbourne Cup, With Down Syndrome Brother As Groom
3 Nov 2015
Michelle Payne has become the first female jockey ever to win the prestigious Melbourne Cup, assisted by her brother Stevie, the groom or “strapper,” who has Down syndrome.
Riding Pride of Penzance in Tuesday’s race, the 29-year-old Payne was considered a 100-1 long shot and yet stunned everyone by becoming the first woman to win the cup in the race’s history, since its inception in 1861.
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According to studies, 95% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome in Australia are aborted, even more than the estimated 92% of babies affected by the condition aborted in the United States.
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The Payne’s are trying to work against that mentality.
“I think it’s great for other people with Down syndrome—to see how capable they can be in normal life,” Michelle said. (read the full story on Breitbart)