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Kentucky: Isaac Murphy Derby Experience & Image Awards
May 7, 2011 @ 8:00 pm - May 8, 2011 @ 1:00 am
The Isaac Murphy Derby Experience & Image Awards will celebrate the rich history of African American men and women who have contributed to the iconic Kentucky Derby. Organized in partnership with The Project to Preserve African American Turf History (PPAATH), Too Black Too Fast LLP, the event includes an honoree presentation of the Isaac Murphy Image Award and a focus on Derby fashion, art and history.
“Too few know that black jockeys dominated the thoroughbred racing industry as far back as the 1600s,” explains Calvin Davis, founding member of PPAATH. In fact, “13 of the 15 jockeys in the first Kentucky Derby were African American. Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 races of the Derby. We, as a community – as Americans – have a duty to celebrate their achievements.”
Isaac Murphy, the son of a former slave, was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times (1884 “Buchanan”, 1890 “Riley” and 1891 “King-man”), the first jockey inducted into horse-racing’s Hall of Fame and the only jockey to have won the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, and the Clark Handicap in the same year (1884). Murphy is widely considered one of the greatest American jockeys in the sport’s history. His 44% win rate remains an all-time record. An industry award with his namesake is given each year to the jockey with the highest wining percentage.
The Isaac Murphy Image Award offers recognition to a person who has made significant contributions to history in their own right.
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