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Lewis, George Garrett

(born: 1862  -  died: 1880) 

In 1880, Lewis won the Kentucky Derby riding Fonso. The industry's first foul was claimed after the race. Lewis died a few weeks later at his home in Hutchison Station, KY; he had been injured in an accident that occurred while he was racing in St. Louis, Missouri. George Garrett Lewis was the brother of jockey Oliver Lewis. For more see African-Americans in the Thoroughbred Industry, a Paris-Bourbon County Public Library website; and Black Winning Jockeys in the Kentucky Derby by J. R. Saunders and M. R. Saunders.

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