Historical marker honors youngest Kentucky Derby-winning jockey

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Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) –  The youngest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby is getting honored.

The well-known African-American jockey, Lonnie Clayton, won the Derby in 1892 aboard Azra.

On Friday, a historical marker in Clayton’s honor was placed at Bashford Manor.
 
Although it’s now known primarily as a shopping center, Bashford Manor used to be the location of Bashford Manor Farm.

Three Kentucky Derby winners, including Azra, were produced at the farm.

Lonnie Clayton won over 24 Stakes races and rode in four Kentucky Derby races.

"He holds a spot in Kentucky Derby and their racing history that will never be surpassed,” said Churchill Downs spokesman, John Asher.  “He is the youngest rider to win the Kentucky Derby in its 136-year history of the race - he was just 15 years old when he rode Azra in that race."

Clayton died in 1917.
 

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