May 17, 1875

On This Date in! in 1875 the first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY. Aristides was the winning horse and it was ridden by jockey Oliver Lewis. Of the 15 horses that were raced, fourteen were ridden by men that weighed less than 120 pounds. The last place finisher was the horse Goldmine, ridden by jockey “Jumbo” Stradford. The people at the race were heard to ask why the horse was riding the jockey when Goldmine finally crossed the finish line. He wasn’t.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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