Today in 1902, African-American thoroughbred jockey Jimmy Winkfield won his second Kentucky Derby. James “Jimmy” Winkfield was born in Chilesburg, Kentucky on April 12, 1882. In 1901, he won his first derby with Eminence and in 1902 with Alan-a-Dale. 110 years later, Winkfield is the last African American to win at the Kentucky Derby.
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