4 edition of Black Maestro found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||September 1, 2007|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 129 p. :|
|Number of Pages||87|
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Downing, a human organ procurement specialist, writes a paean to his father, Thomas Downing, a show horse trainer who never left "the Saddlebred Kingdom of North Middletown, Kentucky," where he was born. Winkfield, a black jockey, won the Kentucky Derby in 1901 and 1902.
Yet it is that second half of the book that makes him a fascinating historical figure rather than just a revered figure in racing history. Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend. Jimmy Winkfield is surely the oddest and most invisible witness to some of the greatest historical events of the 20th century.
He wouldn't have himself buried in America. Drape weaves relevant history around the jockey, describing the circumstances that Winkfield faced--early 20th century racism in America, pre-World War I Europe, the Communist revolution in Russian, the emergence of Nazism and, of course, World War II. But in 1903 Black Maestro lost his third attempt, and his racing life faltered.
It wasn't even a spectacular failure, it was just incredibly boring. At times Drape Black Maestro to have trouble keeping up with the story, and rather than summarize particularly active period in Winkfield's life he lays them out in as much detail as he can provide, but then when there is little or no information about Jimmy's actions say during the years of the First World War Drape simply steps over with little comment.
Well written - of course - Drape's a JOURNALIST! The facts of Jimmy Winkfield's life are astonishing and fascinating, but Drape's telling of his life is not. After the War he returned to France and resumed his position, farm and estate.
There are many others that could easily slip by someone not used to the racial language of the era, yet they are there and as a historian and biographer of someone living in that era it was Drape's job to know what coded language to avoid.
In A Forgotten Horseman: A Son's Weekend Memoir, Lee E.
Winkfield had been around horses since age seven, and became an outstanding rider.
The facts of Jimmy Winkfield's life are astonishing and fascinating, but This book is an admirable attempt to resurrect the memory of a remarkable figure on the global stage; a man who was born with the wrong color skin in a society that judged everything by race.