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Sun, 05.07.2000

Black Horse Jockey Rides In The Kentucky Derby After 79 Years

Marlon St. Julien

On this date in 2000, the first Black jockey in 79 years rode in the Kentucky Derby.

Marlon St. Julien was the first Black jockey since 1921 to ride in the world's most famous horse race. St. Julien rode Curule, a 50-to-1 long shot who earned a spot in the 19-horse field when another horse, Harlan Traveler, pulled out.

Curule is owned by Godolphin Racing, which represents two sheiks who are members of Dubai's ruling family.  St. Julien and Curule finished 7th in the 2000 Kentucky Derby.


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