In May 1875, an estimated 10,000 racing fans watched the first running of the Kentucky Derby. Among the field of fifteen thoroughbreds, Aristides, the “little red horse,” won the mile-and-one-half race. Oliver Lewis, a nineteen-year-old African American jockey, rode Aristides to his unexpected victory.
Class of 2011
Aristides was born on Hal Price McGrath’s farm, McGrathiana. The colt was trained by Ansel Williamson, who was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1998. After several changes in ownership, McGrathiana is now part of the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus.
Class of 2011
Erected 2012 by Kentucky Historical Society / Class of 2011. (Marker Number 2381.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Animals • Education • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1875.
Location. 38° 5.868′ N, 84°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coldstream Farm (approx. ľ mile away); Man o' War / Man o' War (1917-1947) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Glengarry Field-Cool Meadow / Fasig-Tipton Since 1898 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lexington Colored Fair Association / Successful Enterprise (approx. 1.4 miles away); Colored Orphan Industrial Home (approx. 2.3 miles away); Dr. Luke P. Blackburn Correctional Complex / Blackburn Correctional Complex (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Wing Commander / Famous Saddle Horse (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
More about this marker. This marker is a little harder to find, but I did looking for another. If you come off I 75 going south on Newtown Pike, take a right onto Aristides Blvd. at the Embassy Suites Lexington. Go to end of street or McGrathians Pky. turn right and follow pky. to parking area at walking trail. Marker is just across the walking trail.
1. Marker funded by UK Student Development Council.
This marker was entirely funded by student donations as part of the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Development Council (SDC). Each year, by tradition, each graduating class of UK shares a piece of UK and Kentucky history through this marker program. The SDC has raised more than $110,000 for the marker program and student scholarships as part of
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