Black jockeys used to be the norm, dominating Thoroughbred racing in the 1890s. But 1902 was the last year a black jockey won the Kentucky Derby, and no woman has ever won.
That’s why the 2013 Derby was notable: Not only did a black jockey — Kevin Krigger — ride in the Derby, but so did Rosie Napravnik, who came in fifth.
My novel, REGRET NOT A MOMENT, is all about racism and sexism in horse racing. My heroine, Devon, re-builds a horse-breeding/racing operation destroyed by the Great Depression. One of the stable’s black grooms, Jeremiah, evolves into a world class jockey and trainer. Devon’s daughter becomes a jockey. As the story progresses from the Gatsby era through three decades, Devon must face prejudice against women in the male-dominated world of horse racing. What’s more, she has a run-in with the Ku Klux Klan after Jeremiah fires a white jockey. It’s a delicious, highly satisfying scene that I hope my readers will enjoy reading. I certainly enjoyed writing it.
To purchase my fiction for $3.99
REGRET NOT A MOMENT amzn.com/B00C3PAR1W
NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS amzn.com/B00CJYQB5S