By Ed Hotaling

"One of the main impressive tales in activities heritage can also be one in every of its least recognized. Jimmy Winkfield was once a talented jockey and a remarkably intrepid guy, and his lifestyles was once a unique event. His is a narrative of endurance, hassle, and triumph, and it may be lengthy remembered."—Laura Hillenbrand, writer of Seabiscuit: An American Legend "In the complete sweep of yank activities, from the times of a roistering John L. Sullivan within the nineteenth Century during the Tiger Woods phenomenon of the twenty first, no determine made a bolder and extra unique odyssey of his existence than Jimmy Winkfield, the terrible son of former slaves whose brilliance as a jockey bore him from the winner's circle on the Kentucky Derby to the royal courts of Czarist Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and from Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany to the salons of Paris. In Wink, writer Ed Hotaling skilfully reviews and chronicles Winkfield's battles opposed to racism within the New World--his braveness and bold in escaping that the majority implacable of foes--and his good fortune and upward push to glory as a rider after which a coach within the outdated global. the story of Wink is an illuminating and encouraging read." —William Nack, writer of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, and My Turf: Horses, Boxers, Blood funds and the carrying lifestyles "It is exceptional adequate that Jimmy Winkfield turned a dominant strength in American horse racing part a century earlier than Jackie Robinson took the sphere for the Brooklyn Dodgers. yet this two-time Kentucky Derby–winner's adventures after leaving to race out of the country make his tale all of the extra compelling. Ed Hotaling has a fabulous story to inform. this is often the stuff of significant nonfiction."—Douglas Brinkley, writer of journey of accountability: John Kerry and the Vietnam struggle "In this advantageous e-book, Ed Hotaling provides the feel of a wealthy person existence to what his earlier paintings has already advised us concerning the nice black jockeys of a century ago."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., bestselling writer, Chair of the dep. of African and African American reviews and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American learn at Harvard collage

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But when he had wanted to distinguish himself in the presence of president-elect Lincoln, he had summed it all up with a $5,000 diamond pin blazing from his shirtfront, set off by more diamonds on his cuffs. It was hard, though, to get closer to your stones than did Dia- ed hotaling ◆ 43 mond Jim Brady, the railroad-car builder, who attended the Derby when Wink was a boy. Brady owned twenty-seven thousand diamonds, it was said, including the ones decorating his underwear. Yet Winnie O’Connor got even closer to his jewels.

At Memphis, he had taken the 40 ◆ Copyright © 2005 by Ed Hotaling. Click here for terms of use. ed hotaling ◆ 41 Tennessee Derby, still a rival to Louisville’s grand event. Tennessee, after all, had been the center of American racing before Kentucky. Wink had captured the important Congress Sweepstakes at Memphis, too, and had set a record for the mile and fifty yards, 1:42 1⁄2. More than a bit of déjà vu hung over this Kentucky Derby. Here were the two Jimmies again, Winkfield and Boland, the only riders to appear in both the last Derby of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth.

Ten million Americans trekked to Coney every summer. On a single day, Wink might have seen two hundred thousand people at the beaches and boardwalks and amusement parks, the fireworks and electric-light shows, the racetracks. But he had little time for sightseeing himself. He was lucky if he noticed the Atlantic Ocean right in front of his eyes, busy as he was at the Brighton Beach track. His workouts on a youngster named Avenstoke were really impressing May senior. So his son Bub put the two-year-old in a race, hiring a brilliant little Irish braggart named Winnie O’Connor to ride him, and the colt won “post to post”—leading from start to 24 ◆ wink finish.

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