Black Jockeys literally created the Kentucky Derby

Published on November 2, 2019 by
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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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

Miguel Martínez
5 months ago
Reply to  Zachary Kelley

Thank you

9 months ago

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).

Miguel Martínez
5 months ago

You know it my brother. That’s how Harlem & the Boogie Down always got down ✊

Preston Clark
9 months ago

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

Kenneth Curl
9 months ago

Know your history!

Trevino Clark
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

Bren Martin
9 months ago

See Oliver Lewis who was first winner!

John Patterson
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Same story different day.

Afzal Sharif
9 months ago

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 ?