TOO BLACK TOO FAST

HISTORY OF AMERICA'S FIRST ATHLETES

Horse racing is a dangerous sport because of the size and speed of the animals. It takes expert horseman-ship to handle these powerful, magnificent animals and guide them to victory. Mastering skills to become an expert rider makes Black jockey stories even more fascinating and paradoxical in tone. Blacks became involved in horse racing in America in 1607 and ruled the sport from 1607-1910. The riders were slaves, small in stature and very young – mere boys, typically between 13-15 years old. It was a time when the intelligence, skill and ability of Black jockeys – let alone the very humanity of Blacks – was in question.

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