Chronicles of the Black Jockeys Volume IV: When The US Congress Adjourned To See Billy Walker Race

In the aftermath of the Civil War, many of the great southern stables had been disrupted and Soup and Groupdismantled.  Horseracing had moved to the North East and to a lesser extent to the ‘West’, to the emerging blue grass states.  Racial attitudes in the North were predisposed to seeing the black jockeys as little more than relics from the plantation-South.  The northern press was also determined to see a ‘white’ sport develop in the North, with little similarities to its southern roots.  The Kentucky Derby, however, would provide a venue for a revitalized black jockey glory once more.  The 1875 inaugural Derby was won by black jockey Oliver Lewis, after which he effectively disappeared from racing and its spotlight.  But the Derby did give birth to, and reignited, the careers of other black jockeys, chief among them, 4th place finisher William “Billy” Walker.

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