The VIPP Report: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield International Horseman

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A Natural from the Start: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield, International Horseman

A Natural from the Start is an exhibition showcasing the rise and fall of African American jockeys in horse racing, primarily the Kentucky Derby. This exhibit explores the early years of horse racing in which African Americans dominated the sport, and how racism and segregation in the early 1900’s contributed to the decline of Black jockeys as they were vulnerable to hostility and injuries from White jockeys and owners at the time.

Did you know that Jimmy Winkfield, (Kentuckian, and Black jockey) was the last African American to date to win the Kentucky Derby? Did you know that Isaac Murphy was the winningest jockey of all time? In addition, was the 1st Jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Or did you know that Willie Simms perfected a riding style that became the norm in Europe? This exhibition will feature these three jockeys, and a banner dedicated to other Black jockeys with notable dates and their impact on the sport of horse racing.

Exhibition: April 29, 2016 – January 19, 2017
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Opening During the Slice@KCAAH West Louisville’s only official Derby Festival Event For Ticket Information go to:
For additional information:
Contact: Ciera Shields, Exhibition & Programming Coordinator
502-583-4100 –

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