TIL the first ever Kentucky Derby (1875) was won by Oliver Lewis, a 19 y/o black man.

Read more: https://www.wave3.com/2020/09/03/black-jockeys-kentucky-derby-history-race-racism/

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  1. If anyone is in the Lexington or Georgetown area of Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park has a horse museum that has a lot of information about slaves and African Americans in the horse industry. It’s heartbreaking but also very good information. Highly recommended.

  2. Highlights:

    In the inaugural Derby, 13 of the 15 jockeys were black.

    15 of the first 28 Derby’s were won by black jockeys.

    Blacks jockeys then banned in 1904, after Jimmy Winkfield won back to back Derby’s in 1901 and 1902.
    And it wasn’t until 2000, until there was another black jockey.

    So much racism.

    EDIT: I see the confusion now, lol. I meant it more like “SO. MUCH. FUCKING. RACISM.” I didn’t know how to quickly summarize all the racist actions (it’s origins and the later banning actions) into one quick bullet point.

  3. The only jockey I can name is Willie Shoemaker, from the 50’s and 60’s.

    He did not ride any of the horses I can name like Seabiscuit or Secretariat

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