Eyes on Vintage

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

James Perkins

James "soup" Perkins, 1880-1911, a jockey, rode Halma, wire to wire win in the Kentucky Derby in 1895,at 15 years of age. one of the youngest black jockeys, his nickname came from his love of soup, he weighed 90 lbs. his parents were slaves at Major Flournoy's Walnut Hall,Lexington,Ky.His father was John Jacob Perkins, a standard-bred trainer, and his mother was Mattie.
Source: static.kentuckyderby