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Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton / African American Jockey

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton Marker
Inscription.  
Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton
Born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1876, he followed his brother into the riding profession. At age 12, he went to Chicago to become an exercise rider. With his first win in 1891, he came to Louisville to ride for Bashford Manor Stables, which stood here from 1887-1970. Had 4 major victories in 2 years he rode for them. He died in 1917.

African American Jockey
On May 11, 1892, at the age of 15, he became the youngest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. He rallied Azra to an impressive victory at 2:41.5. Won over 24 stakes races from 1891-98. He rode in 3 more Ky. Derbies, 1893-97. In the fall of 1893, he was honored with the Churchill Downs jockey crown.
 
Erected 2010 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2321.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton / African American Jockey Marker
12.11′ N, 85° 39.948′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Bashford Manor Lane 0.1 miles west of Bardstown Road (U.S. 31E), on the left when traveling west. Marker is in parking lot near entrance road to Lowe's Home Improvement. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 Bashford Manor Lane, Louisville KY 40218, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bashford Manor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bray Place / Scoggan-Jones Horse Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Brothers Speed — Joshua and James (approx. 0.9 miles away); Farmington (approx. 0.9 miles away); Abraham Lincoln & Farmington — 1841 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Forest Home Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hayfield (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bowman Field (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton. From Kentucky Historical Society's Explore KY History series. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
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By Public domain, circa 1898
3. Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Mar. 8, 2021