Black jockeys won at least 13 or 14 of the first 25 Kentucky Derby events, and 12 of the 15 jockeys in the first Kentucky Derby were black. Jimmy Winkfield grew up during that era, and in and he won back-to-back Kentucky Derbies, a feat equaled only by three others.
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Hotaling starts with Winkfield's early years as a shoeshine boy in Lexington, Kentucky, then details Winkfield's rise to superstar status at 22 and his highly confident and combative personality that eventually caused him to be blackballed by stable owners in Undeterred, Winkfield left America and embraced the European racing circuit. It also marks the 89th anniversary of Sande s first of 5 Belmont Stakes wins, on Grey Lag, and the 87th anniversary of Sande s first of three Kentucky Derby victories, on Zev.
Sande ranked as the top jockey during the Golden Age of thoroughbred racing and, arguably, the top jockey of all time. Former horse jockey Randy Romero, winner of the Breeders' Cup, is a Louisiana sports legend still well loved in racing circles today. In he was at the top of his game, ranked number two in the country.
This gripping biography covers the triumphs and tragedies in his exciting career, until his retirement in Add to Watchlist Unwatch.
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