Allen Gutterman

Theater Review: ‘Pure Confidence’ An Unsettling Tale Of Slavery, Civil War And Black Jockeys

Here’s one of the great ironies of American sports vis-a-vis horse racing. As, one by one, our prime professional sports integrated, horse racing moved in the other direction. There just aren’t many black jockeys anymore. But before the Civil War, black riders dominated. They also were slaves. Because the best black jockeys had the ability […]

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At the Luck premiere: ‘This is horse racing’s epic’

I live in Los Angeles, about six miles from Mann’s Chinese Theater, which sits in the heart of the (mostly) new Hollywood Boulevard.  Though not quite the majestic movie palace it was decades ago, it is still quite a sight, and walking through the massive double doors into the grand lobby is nothing to sneeze […]

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