The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal Hubbard
The Story of Jimmy Winkfield

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Born into an African American sharecropping family in 1880s Kentucky, Jimmy Winkfield grew up loving horses. The large, powerful animals inspired little Jimmy to think big. Looking beyond his family's farm, he longed for a life riding on action-packed racetracks around the world. Like his hero, the great Isaac Murphy, Jimmy 'Wink' Winkfield would stop at nothing to make it as a jockey. Though his path to success was wrought with obstacles both on the track and off, Wink faced each challenge with passion and a steadfast spirit. Along the way he carved out a lasting legacy as one of history's finest horsemen and the last African American ever to win the Kentucky Derby. The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby brings to life a vivacious hero from a little-known chapter of American sports history. Readers are transported trackside to witness the heart-pounding story of a vibrant young man chasing down his dream

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Crystal Hubbard was reared in St. Louis, Missouri, where she began her writing career in her seventh-grade French class at Busch Junior High School for Gifted Students. A former Boston newspaper reporter and sports copy editor, she is an award-winning author of picture books, contemporary and historical romance novels, short stories, and educational text. Her first picture book, Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream, received the American Library Association's 2006 Amelia Bloomer Project Award. The mother of four children aged six to seventeen, Hubbard volunteers in classrooms, conducting reading and writing workshops and composing grant proposals for schools and teachers. She is a dedicated advocate for United States veterans and active troops, and she campaigns every holiday season for the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, cooking, traveling, boxing, hiking, and orchestrating harmless yet clever pranks. Hubbard is the author of more than 25 novels, picture books and short stories. Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel "The Whipping Boy". The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography "The Abracadabra Kid". His other titles include "The Entertainer and the Dybbuk", a novel, and three biographies, "Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World"; "The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West"; and "Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini".
Published September 1, 2008 by Lee & Low Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books.

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Indomitable African-American jockey Jimmy Winkfield, known as Wink in horse-racing history, is the subject of Hubbard’s dramatic picture-book biography, which explains Winkfield’s career struggles as the last African-American to win a Kentucky Derby, in 1902.

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