Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville curates the second largest viewers of horse racing within the nation, following the Kentucky Derby.
Oaks Day is reserved for the fillies, or younger feminine horses, and one staff of Black girls horse homeowners have created historical past after securing their first win, reviews WKYT.
A part of the oldest contested sporting occasion within the nation’s historical past, the primary all-Black girl group of homeowners a part of Residing the Dream are celebrating large after their victory scored by their horse “Seven Scents,” and subsequently paving the way in which for extra Black possession.
“We’re not solely homeowners, we’re winners. We’re displaying up on the tracks, we’re representing and we’re taking house prizes,” horse proprietor Dr. Tiffany Daniels mentioned.
The group of 5 girls homeowners all agree that acknowledging the Black contributions made to the game is lengthy overdue.
“The primary jockey to win the Kentucky Derby was an African American male. We’re in 2022 proper now and we don’t see numerous us,” mentioned Coya Robinson, one other horse proprietor.
She shared that illustration was a significant motive for her becoming a member of the game, to really feel pleasure when strolling onto a observe realizing she’s embodying Black excellence.
“It was an opportunity for me to stay a legacy for my 4 daughters, for my goddaughters, so I believed it was a superb alternative as a lady,” Robinson mentioned.
Dr. Daniels expressed that the wealthy Black historical past surrounding the 148-year-old occasion has gone undiscussed and thus remarkable. The group of Black girls are right here to make their mark and introduce extra Black aficionados to the business.
“Us particularly, we’re following within the footsteps of Eliza Carpenter, who was a slave who turned a horse proprietor and an precise jockey,” she mentioned.
As we honor the women on this Oaks Day, hear from one in every of these homeowners who’s making historical past. She says girls can and may depart their mark on the horse racing business and sport @WKYT WKYT pic.twitter.com/dGjTVXkhsk
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In accordance with Dr. Daniels, the Lexington-based Ed Brown Society will lead efforts to assist propel extra minority illustration on the horse observe.
They goal to advance inclusion within the thoroughbred business to the following technology of Black horse homeowners.