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African-American Legends on the Racetrack

An epic cover shot for Cowgirl Candace was Churchill Downs Magazine’s fall 2016 edition, featuring the late heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. A native of Louisville, the champ is seen jogging along the Kentucky Derby racetrack in pure gazelle grace on the front of the quarterly publication. And I love the timeless black beauty that he has always possessed.

DID YOU KNOW? In the early 19th century, African-American boys and men dominated the organized sport of horse racing. Oliver Lewis became the winning African-American jockey in the first Kentucky Derby held in 1875. He was one of 13 black jockeys in the 15-horse race. In fact, of the first 28 Kentucky Derbies, African-American jockeys won 15 of them.

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