Book Chronicles Life of Blacklisted Horse Jockey

Jimmy Winkfield aboard a horse

Jimmy Winkfield won the Kentucky Derby twice before running head on into racism. McGraw-Hill hide caption

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African-American jockey Jimmy Winkfield won the Kentucky Derby twice by the time he was 23 years old. He was known as "Wink" in the horse-racing circuit and led an incredible life in the early 1900s. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to Ed Hotaling, author of a biography of the rider, and John Lee, director of broadcasting for the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

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