Black Jockeys literally created the Kentucky Derby

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Hidden History: Black Jockeys literally created the Kentucky Derby.

13 of the 15 jockeys in the first Derby were Black. 15 of the first 28 Derbys were won by Black Jockeys.

Then Jim Crow kicked in…


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Miguel Martínez

It’s unfortunate that you leave out Angel Cordero Jr. My cousin and 3 time Kentucky Derby Winner. He still holds all of the win records in all of NY Horse Racing.

When I enquired I was told that he wasn’t considered black because he’s from Puerto Rico. Does that exclude us (US citizens).

He was not allowed to race early in his prime because of the color of his skin. He had to endure physical fights daily in attempts to keep him from mounting. His legacy should be recognized.

Miguel A. Martínez

Zachary Kelley

Youre right my brother, many people need to be educated to the strife we people of color have had to go thru to be accepted in AMERICA.

BEVERLY MENDHEIM

I AGREE. (African American born in the Bronx, exposed to Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latino and Caribbean cultures at an early age. ALWAYS recognized the African Diaspora).

Preston Clark

I am soooo PROUD of my FATHERS who went before and distinguished themselves. Thank you for your STRENGTH AND INTEGRITY.

Kenneth Curl

Know your history!

Trevino Clark

you got one of the greatest black Quarter horse jockey name Trevino Clark who rode & own world Champion Qh horse Mr Jess Perry

LaRita Shelby

Who produced this? This is great! Has it been in festivals?

Bren Martin

See Oliver Lewis who was first winner! https://biography.jrank.org/pages/2969/Lewis-Oliver.html

John Patterson

And when so many of the winning jockeys were Black, since Jim Crow couldn’t beat them, they banned them from competing.

Rose

Same story different day.

Afzal Sharif

Religious make people’s when u come in any religiou home u will join this all of your life if u will be come on other religiou ?