Nolton asked in SportsHorse Racing · 1 decade ago

What are the names of some American black jockeys past and present?

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    Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton in 1892 rallied Azra to an impressive nose victory in a three horse field to become the youngest jockey at 15 to win the Derby. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1876, Clayton followed his brother into the riding profession. In 1876, he launched his career on the track as an exerciser rider for E.J. "Lucky" Baldwin in Chicago during the summer of 1888. He stayed with Baldwin for about a year before moving on to work for D.A. Honig, who had a string of horses in Clifton, N.J. He rode a horse named Redstone in his first race in 1890 at the Clifton track, and earned his first career victory later that year. Clayton had four Derby mounts in his career with a victory, two seconds and a third. Clayton also guided Azra to victories in the Champagne Stakes, Clark Handicap and Travers. He also won the Kentucky Oaks twice as he rode Selika in 1894 and Voladora in 1895. Clayton also distinguished himself by capturing the 1893 Churchill Downs jockey crown during the fall meet. He is only one of three African-American jockeys to compete in the Preakness as he finished third in 1896.

    Erskine Henderson became the sixth African-American jockey to win the Derby as he piloted Joe Cotton to a neck victory in 1885. It marked the third and final mount in the Derby for Henderson who finished ninth and seventh, respectively, in 1882 and 1883. Trained by African-American conditioner Abe Perry, Henderson also guided Joe Cotton to victories in the Tennessee and Coney Island Derbies that year. Although detailed information is not available it is reported that Henderson later became a trainer.

    Babe Hurd rallied Apollo to a half-length victory in the 1882 Derby. He also achieved fame as a steeplechase rider. He died December 7, 1928 at Longridge Farm on Paris Pike near Lexington, Kentucky.

    George Garret Lewis rode Fonso to victory in the 1880 Derby despite a claim of foul, the first in the history of the race. He died at his home in Hutchinson Station, KY approximately two months following the Derby (July 5, 1880) from internal injuries he sustained in a June 8 spill during a mile race in St. Louis, Missouri. Lewis was reported to be 18 at the time of his death.

    Isaac Lewis rode in four consecutive Kentucky Derbys, 1886-89, and won the 13th running in 1887 as a 17-year-old aboard Montrose. Also on the same day as his Derby victory, he booted home Brookful to first-place finishes in the two heats of the Frank Fehr City Brewery Purse. Lewis, who was born on a farm in Bourbon County, KY, began his riding career as an 11-year-old under the tutelage of African-American trainer Byron McClelland. His first career victory was for H.P. McGrath, the owner of Aristides, the winner of the 1875 inaugural Derby. Lewis developed a reputation over the years for getting his horses away from the gate quickly and being a fearless rider with courage on both turns.

    Oliver Lewis rode Aristides to a two-length upset victory in the inaugural running of the Derby in 1875. The time, 2:37 3/4, established an American record for the 1 1/2 miles. Lewis was instructed to send Aristides to the lead to ensure a fast pace and set up the race for stablemate Chesapeake. He sent Aristides to the front and as the field rounded the far turn and headed for home, Chesapeake was far behind. The owner of the two horses, H. Price McGrath, told Lewis "Go on!" when he looked over at McGrath for a sign. Later that year he guided Aristides to a second in the Belmont. He won three races during Churchill's inaugural meet to take the honor as leading rider. Lewis never rode in another Kentucky Derby but was on hand for the 33rd running in 1907. Detailed information is not available, but it was reported that he later worked for a bookmaker (legal at the time) an provided detailed information on how the horses ran. This method of race result notes was later developed into charts which served as a forerunner to the Daily Racing Form and Equibase systems.

    Isaac Murphy is considered one of the greatest race riders in American history. He was the first jockey to win the Derby on three occasions and consecutive runnings: Buchanan, 1884; Riley, 1890; and Kingman, 1891. He remains the only jockey to win the Derby, Oaks and Clark Handicap in the same year, 1884. Ike or the "Colored Archer" as he was dubbed in reference to the prominent English jockey of the time, Fred Archer, won 44 percent of all races he rode. Isaac Burns (Murphy) was born in 1860 on David Tanner's Pleasant Green Hill Farm in Fayette County, KY. His father enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and died as a prisoner of war at Camp Nelson along the Kentucky River. His mother moved to Lexington where the family lived with her father Green Murphy. Upon becoming a jockey at 14, Isaac changed his last name to Murphy in honor his grandfather. Murphy, 35, died of pneumonia February 12, 1896.

    James "Soup" Perkins won the 1895 Derby aboard Halma as a 15-year-old to join

  • 1 decade ago

    Being from Louisiana I got to see some great riders. One that comes to mind is Marlon St. Julian. He rode in the Kentucky derby in 2000. He was the first black to do this since 1921. His career includes Leading rider at Delta Downs in 93 and 94 and 1997 at Lone Star.

    Another Jockey Sylvester Carmouche rode Hallowed Dreams, A Louisiana Bred filly to 14 of her 16 straight wins which tied a national record. He is also the father of rider Kendrick Carmouche a leading rider on the east coast.

    These are just a couple that I grew up watching.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There have been several Jamaican jockeys that have done well is modern times. According to the site referenced below: "Many Jamaican jockeys have had success in North America, including Richard DePass who once had the record for the most winners in one day in the Guiness book. In addition, George HoSang won many championships in Canada. Charlie Hussey was the regular rider of Spend A Buck when he ran at Calder in Florida - a horse that later won the Kentucky Derby with a different jockey. Winston Thompson has won many races at Suffolk Downs in Boston and Tampa Bay Downs. Andrew Ramgeet is a leading jockey at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. Barrington Harvey wins races on the west coast with regularity, especially on the fair circuit during the summer. Shane Ellis, the son of former champion jockey Winston Ellis, is a leading jockey in Canada. These are only a few. Hundreds of Jamaicans are employed as exercise riders and grooms in the U.S. and Canada and are given rave reviews by their employers. As a matter of fact, Winston Ellis, who has worked for Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens as an exercise rider for many years, is considered by his employer to be "the best in the business" and has been an integral part of the preparation of his many champions."

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