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Thirteen of the 15 riders in the first Kentucky Derby were African-American. One of those riders was Isaac Burns Murphy. A rider from 1876-1895, Murphy carried a 44% victory rate. He was the first jockey elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and was dubbed one of the greatest race riders in American history.

Isaac Murphy competed in eleven Kentucky Derbys, becoming the first jockey to win three of the Derbys.

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