Kentucky Derby: Kendrick Carmouche looks to become the first Black jockey to win in over a century
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The 2021 Kentucky Derby is here and the fans, who can this time watch on site, are excited.
The Derby, which is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, is the first race in horse racing's coveted Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
There is a long history of African American riders winning the Kentucky Derby.
Black riders saddled 13 of the 15 horses in the first edition of it and won 15 of the first 28 editions of the race.
The rider is also set to become the first Black jockey to saddle a horse at the Derby since Kevin Krigger in 2013 and if he was to win, would be the first Black rider to win since Jimmy Winkfield in 1901 and 1902.
And although there has never been a female trainer at the iconic race, Oliver will be hoping her horse Hidden Stash can create history.
In this year's Derby, the favorite Essential Quality will start in the 14th position beside the horse with the next best odds, Rock Your World.