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Sun, 02.13.1972

Marion St. Julian Horse Jockey born

Marion St. Julian

*Marlon St. Julien was born on this date in 1972.  He is a Black equestrian professional in Thoroughbred horse racing. 

From Lafayette, Louisiana, St. Julien began his professional riding career in 1989 at Evangeline Downs where he won his first race. He was the leading jockey at Delta Downs in 1993 and 1994, at Lone Star Park in 1998, and at Kentucky Downs in 1999.  

In 2000, he became the first Black jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby in 79 years, when he rode Curule to a seventh-place finish.  As part of that years Black History Month, ABC Sports broadcast Raising the Roof: Seven Athletes for the 21st Century which aired February 5, 2000, and featured Marlon St. Julien and six other American athletes, including Tiger Woods and Venus & Serena Williams. The program won the 2000 Media Eclipse Award for National Television. 


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