Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky

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Arcadia Publishing, Nov 30, 2015 - Sports & Recreation - 167 pages

A behind-the-scenes history of the Bluegrass State’s iconic sport.

Horse racing and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are synonymous. The equine industry in the state dates as far back as the eighteenth century, and some of that history remains untold. The Seventeenth Earl of Derby made the trip from England to Louisville for the famed Kentucky Derby. Many famous African American jockeys grew up in the area but fled to Europe during the Jim Crow era. Gambling on races is a popular pastime, but betting in the early days caused significant changes in the sport. Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky details the rich and the lesser-known history at the tracks in the Bluegrass State.


Racing in Early America
McDowell Speedway
How Good Intentions Almost Killed Racing
My Old Kentucky Track
The Earl of Derby Goes to the Kentucky Derby
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2015)

Foster Ockerman Jr. is a Lexington, Kentuckty native and seventh-generation Kentuckian. He is a practicing attorney, as well as a historian and the author of five histories, including the most recent history of Lexington. His law practice over the past forty years has covered business, real estate, nonprofit organizations, healthcare and equine law. In addition, he is president and chief historian for the Lexington History Museum Inc.

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