From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)
Harris, H. C.
(born: 1850) H. C. Harris was a former slave born in Kentucky and owned by Alexander Moore, a bookbinder in Lexington. Harris was stolen by Tatin Sites Harper and became one of the best jockeys in the state. Harris later rode for J. T. Moore, Williams and Owens, and T. F. Tracey. He was also a stable foreman for Tracey. In 1875, Harris went to New York to work for Frank Bennece until he was able to develop his own stable. Harris retired from the horse industry and moved to Washington, D. C. in 1881. By 1898, he was an attaché caring for the horses at the White House. For more see Leading the Race, by J. M. Moore; and "Mrs. Harris surprised," Colored American, 06/25/1898, p. 5.