On a Day For King, A Rare Victory in the Sport of Kings

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

The winner of the feature race on Monday at Aqueduct, it was noted, ran gate-to-wire, starting in front and ending that way as the race’s second wagering choice.

And yet, despite the bettors’ confidence, the outcome was extraordinarily unusual, and all but unnoticed.

The winning owners are brothers who were born in Jamaica: Gaston and Anthony Grant. Gaston Grant served as the horse’s trainer — a labor of love that he juggles with his full-time job as a driver for UPS. The rider, Kendrick Carmouche, was a jockey from Louisiana. All are black.

On a rare Monday of live horse racing at Aqueduct, in South Ozone Park, Queens, the sight in the winner’s circle was rarer still, in a sport with few black participants and on a holiday card that coincided with Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

Continue reading at The New York Times

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