Black Winning Jockeys in the Kentucky Derby

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McFarland, Nov 19, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 142 pages
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"Polished and straightforward."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"An excellent work."--Horse-Races.

Oliver Lewis was champion jockey of the Kentucky Derby in 1875 with a winning race time of two minutes and 37 seconds. Jockey Willie Simms won in 1896, bringing his horse in at two minutes and seven seconds. James Winkfield was the winning jockey in both 1901 and 1902 with winning race times of two minutes and seven seconds and two minutes and eight seconds, respectively. Each of these men possessed the skill and power necessary to spur a horse to glorious victory. All are members of the small, select group of Derby-winning jockeys who were African Americans. The stakes were high: Black jockeys who won a race in the late 1700s and 1800s sometimes won freedom from slavery as well. This work examines the presence of black jockeys in the Kentucky Derby, from the first instance of slaves working as stable hands and tending their masters' horses to the first black jockey to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby in 1875 and the continued participation of black jockeys in the Kentucky Derby. Black owners and trainers in the Kentucky Derby are also discussed. Three appendices list black winning jockeys, black trainers and black owners of Kentucky Derby horses.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Oliver LewisMay 17 1875
9
William WalkerMay 22 1877
19
James CarterMay 21 1878
25
George Garrett LewisMay 18 1880
28
Babe HurdMay 16 1882
33
Erskine Babe HendersonMay 14 1885
38
Isaac LewisMay 11 1887
44
Willie SimmsMay 6 1896 May 4 1898
77
James WinkfieldApril 29 1901 May 3 1902
87
Conclusion
97
Summary of Black Kentucky Derby Winners
111
Black Owners of Kentucky Derby Horses
112
Black Trainers of Kentucky Derby Horses
113
Notes
115
Bibliography
121

Isaac MurphyMay 16 1884 May 14 1890 May 13 1891
50
Alonzo ClaytonMay 11 1892
66
James PerkinsMay 6 1895
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James Robert Saunders is a professor of English at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

 Lifelong equestrian Monica Renae Saunders is a writer and researcher living in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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