‘A Natural from 
the Start’

“A Natural from the Start: The Life and Time of Jimmy Winkfield, International Horseman” celebrates the jockeys in the early years of Churchill Downs. It’s a reminder that some of the best jockeys in Derby history were African-Americans. Winkfield is the headliner, but the show also includes Isaac Murphy and Willie Simms. From 1875-1902, black jockeys won 15 Kentucky Derbys (Winkfield was the last African-American to win). Murphy won the Derby three times, the first jockey to do so. He also has the distinction of winning the most races in history and was the first jockey inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Simms is famous for introducing the American style of riding.


Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
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1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

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‘A Natural from 
the Start’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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