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Track Trivia: Marlon St. Julien

Marlon St. Julien

Standing at 5-foot-2-inch and weighing 110-pounds, Louisiana native Marlon St. Julien became the first black rider since 1921 to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

The absence of African-American riders spanned 79 years until St. Julien brought color and class to the acclaimed sport during 2000.

St. Julien rode Curule and finished in seventh place. He started his professional riding career during 1989 at Evangeline Downs in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, wining his first race.

Did you know: Thirteen of the 15 riders in the first Kentucky Derby were African-Americans. After the Civil War, black jockeys dominated horse racing when it was considered America’s most popular sport.

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