Category Archives: Racing History

The Story of Joan Pratt

The remarkable story of Joan Pratt, a jockey and trainer in 1940’s and 50s, as told by her daughter.

Published on June 1, 2016 by Eliza McGraw
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George Smith, The 1916 Derby and Beyond

The 1916 Kentucky Derby winner, widely considered unremarkable in victory, made up for it years later with a dazzling performance against other Kentucky Derby winners.

Published on May 2, 2016 by Eliza McGraw
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Early Women Jockeys

Anna Lee Aldred became the first woman to receive a jockey’s license in 1939, but what of the women who came before her?

Published on March 2, 2016 by Eliza McGraw
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2015 Kentucky Derby History Watch

Nothing impresses more than a well-timed historical nugget to fill an uncomfortable silence at your favorite Kentucky Derby party or hangout!

Published on May 1, 2015 by Kevin Martin
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One Hundred Years Since Regret

It’s been a hundred years since Regret won the 1915 Kentucky Derby with ease. The race itself wasn’t thrilling, but the idea of a filly as a Kentucky Derby winner more than made up for it.

Published on April 21, 2015 by Eliza McGraw
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