The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby: The Story of Jimmy Winkfield

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby: The Story of Jimmy Winkfield

Born into an African American sharecropping family in 1880s Kentucky, Jimmy Winkfield grew up loving horses. The large, powerful animals inspired little Jimmy to think big. Looking beyond his family's farm, he longed for a life riding on action-packed racetracks around the world. Like his hero, the great Isaac Murphy, Jimmy 'Wink' Winkfield would stop at nothing to make it as a jockey. Though his path to success was wrought with obstacles both on the track and off, Wink faced each challenge with passion and a steadfast spirit. Along the way he carved out a lasting legacy as one of history's finest horsemen and the last African American ever to win the Kentucky Derby.

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby brings to life a vivacious hero from a little-known chapter of American sports history. Readers are transported trackside to witness the heart-pounding story of a vibrant young man chasing down his dream.

Title:The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby: The Story of Jimmy Winkfield
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781584302742
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  • Dee's Reading Zone

    This was a very enlightening picture book about jockey, Jimmy "Wink" Winkfield who became the first African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. Due to racism, Wink was driven out of American ho...

  • Monique

    Outstanding story about Jimmy Winkfield, the first African American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. He had a prolific career but was forced out of American racing by racism. “Wink” was an amazin...

  • Maggie Mattmiller

    Beautiful illustrations accompany this great true story. I worry it would be a bit wordy for many kids, but older kids could certainly learn a lot. I know I learned a lot from this book! What a neat m...

  • Matthew

    This was a thoroughly researched biography on Jimmy "Wink" Winkfield, professional jockey. I don't know much about horse racing, and I'm certainly not a big fan of the sport, but this was a good biogr...

  • Alicia

    This is a stunning children's book with an intriguing text. It could be very thought-provoking for youngsters because of the KKK references and inspirational too because of the rags to riches story. I...

  • Marie

    An excellent story of a remarkable man few know. Despite winning 2 Kentucky Derbies in a row in 1901 and 1902,Jimmy Winkfield was pushed out of American racing along with other black jockies. He didn'...

  • Jen

    I didn't like the pictures particularly. This is a good biography though, and important for children to read about. Too long for storytime....