african american jockeys

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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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Deshawn Parker

Deshawn Parker has only occasionally stepped outside of his comfort zone, Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, where he has compiled numerous riding titles and logged the vast majority of his 4,456 career wins. But, for the first time, the 43-year-old Parker, with the help of longtime agent Billy Johnson, will start taking mounts at Sam […]

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Genaro: Jimmy Winkfield and the history of black jockeys

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Teresa Genaro writes for Forbes about the history of African-American jockeys in the United States.  In particular, she tells the story behind Jimmy Winkfield, whose name is honored with Monday’s 8th race at Aqueduct – the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes: “Jimmy Winkfield was a black jockey who rose to […]

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UK soil science students work to preserve African American equine history

Students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture have been working to preserve the rich history of African American equestrians at Lexington’s African Cemetery No. 2 on East Seventh Street. Led by soil biology Professor Mark Coyne, have been working to maintain and improve the cemetery while researching its history. The cemetery is the […]

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