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From Dominance To Obscurity: Black Jockeys At The Kentucky Derby04:36
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Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome #5 to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome #5 to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In the early days of the Kentucky Derby, African-American jockeys were a significant presence in horse racing. But as times changed, so did their participation in the sport. Ja'Nel Johnson, from Here & Now contributor WFPL in Louisville, reports that many people think it’s unlikely that black jockeys will ever return to prominence in the sport they pioneered.

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This segment aired on May 1, 2015.

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