By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Part 1 Black Kentucky Derby
PART 1 BLACK KENTUCKY DERBY THE WAY IS AND THE WAY IT WAS COMING UP SATURDAY
Are you RUNNING for the Roses
Saturday at Churchill Downs
if you are you may be one
of our few 4 legged
Black Box readers
As for them and everyone else above is the SUPER-official 134th Kentucky Derby Poster. You will not see it anywhere else. It is a true collector’s item. We commissioned the version above which silhouettes TWO jockeys unlike the OFFICIAL poster which has just one.
The Black Box SUPER Official Poster features a silhouette of a BLACK jockey above the White jockey to honor of the rich history of African Americans in the EARLY days of the Kentucky Derby and horse racing in America. Until following the trajectory of EVERY Sport in America White Elites took a serious interest in Horse Racing and that in short order became the END of African Americans in now WHITE Horse Racing.
or as we dis-like saying a phrase
coined here in the Black Box
“now only the horses are Black”
With rare exceptions. This year a Black Jockey be he Black Jamaican will take his horse on a run for the Kentucky Derby Roses Saturday. Introducing Shaun Bridgemohan believe it or not riding atop one of the Derby FAVORITES Pyro. OK we know how often do favorites win in big event horse racing – as opposed to almost everywhere else where they do – still IMAGINE A BLACK JOCKEY WINNING the Kentucky Derby this year.
Try to find out a lot about Shaun Bridgemohan or good photos of him on the Internet. Good luck. Black jockeys are not exactly the poster jockeys of American horse racing. Of course if he pulls off a miracle he will be widely pictured.
As far as pure African American jockeys in the Kentucky Derby after 79 years without even one Marion St. Julien rode and lost in 2000. There have not been any more since. Now we have Black Shaun Bridgemohan on a Favorite. Good luck.
Tomorrow we will turn to
the Glory Days of early
Kentucky Derbys and
efforts to honor that