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Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend Paperback – July 3, 2007
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He was doing exceedingly well when the 1917 Revolution came along to disrupt. So what he did then was to collect some 250 horses and drive them to Poland. Later he moved to Paris and was living there when the Germans came in 1940. He returned to the United States where he again became a victum of the blatent racism of the time. Again he was able to persevere and prosper by turning broken-down thoroughbreds into money-making racehorses.
This is an exceedingly well researched, very well written book that brings a little known sports figure a small amount of the recognition he deserves. This book follows 'Wink: The Incredible Life and Epic Journey of Jimmy Winkfield (ISBN: 0071418628)'
When asked why he picked this subject, the author responded: 'Jimmy Winkfield lived a life that transcended sports or horses. He witnessed lynchings, felt the constraints of Jim Crow laws. He was a rich man with a white valet in Russia. He romanced beautiful women on three continents, dodged bullets and the Bolsheviks to save some of the world's finest thoroughbreds in a trail drive that makes 'Lonesome Dove' look like a walk in the park. He was chased out of France by the Nazis and, in 1961, had to demand the right to enter a party that he was invited to at Louisville's Brown Hotel. This wild arc was all made possible because of Jimmy's singular gift for communicating with racehorses.'
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Had to read it in a day for school and considering that I enjoyed it. Good book and interesting storyPublished 3 months ago by Steven Page
Jimmy Winkfield and all the great negro jockey's were driven out by the Irish Democrat political machine in NYC , Chicago and elsewhere. They were whipped as they rode. Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by John Galt
This book is a portrait of a man, an era, a slice of history and a cast of real-world characters Hollywood could never invent. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Linda Broussard
This is a well written piece that give us more that just the history of Black jockeys it's a story of the sport of kings and the key roles Blacks played not only in American but... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Wink
The story of Jimmy Winkfield is an amazing one, and honestly told. I say the latter because, although the author obviously wants to inform us about this great unknown athlete,... Read morePublished on November 7, 2008 by Craig Connell