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1942 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky.
1942 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs

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The First Kentucky Derby
May 17, 1875

You might have seen well-groomed Thoroughbreds--a cross between Arabian stallions and European mares--along with 15 fine jockeys, 13 of whom, including Oliver Lewis, were African American. You also would have seen cheering crowds sitting anxiously in the bleachers around the track built in 1874 by Meriweather Lewis Clark.
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