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Perkins, James "Soup" (jockey)

(born: 1880  -  died: 1911) 

James Perkins, one of the two youngest jockeys to win the Kentucky Derby, was 15 years old in 1895 when he won the Derby riding Halma. Perkins was born in Lexington, KY, and his parents, Jacob and Mattie Perkins, were the slaves of Major Flournoy. Perkins died in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a brother to horse trainers Frank and Will Perkins. For more see The Great Black Jockeys, by E. Hotaling; Black Maestro: the epic life of an American legend, by J. Drape; and "Soup Perkins, last noted Negro rider," the Lexington Leader, 09/12/1911, p. 10. See also the Perkins Family entry in the NKAA Database.


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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Perkins, William "Will"
NKAA Entry: Perkins Family [Jockeys and Horse Trainers]
NKAA Source: Great black jockeys : the lives and times of the men who dominated America's first national sport
NKAA Source: Black maestro: the epic life of an American legend
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Jockeys/Trainers in Kentucky
NKAA Entry:  Perkins, William "Will"
NKAA Entry:  Perkins Family [Jockeys and Horse Trainers]
NKAA Entry:  African American Horsemen, Articles in Kentucky Newspapers
NKAA Entry:  African American Horsemen, Articles in Kentucky Newspapers

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“Perkins, James "Soup" (jockey),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed August 20, 2017, http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/669.

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