Kendrick Carmouche Will Be The 1st Black Jockey In Kentucky Derby Since 2013!
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on April 30, 2021 |
According to the Associated Press, as one of the few remaining Black jockeys in the country, Kendrick Carmouche will be the first Black jockey in the Kentucky Derby since 2013, competes this Saturday.
“As a Black rider getting to the Kentucky Derby, I hope it inspires a lot of people because my road wasn’t easy to get there, and I never quit,” Carmouche said in the AP article. “What I’ve been wanting all my career is to inspire people and make people know that it’s not about color.
It’s about how successful you are in life and how far you can fight to get to that point.”
Carmouche's very successful horse racing career has proven that he's a natural, and that's because it's in his blood. According to Yahoo! Sports, “He is the son of a jockey who has won more than 3,400 races and earned $118 million since beginning to ride professionally in 2000,” and he grew up riding horses in Louisiana.
We wish Carmouche the best of luck in the Derby this weekend!
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