Diversity

DiRSG Annual Update Published

The 2020 Annual Update from the Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG) was published on Monday. The report highlights the importance of capitalising on the current momentum within British racing to continue to work together for a more diverse and inclusive sport. Funded by the Racing Foundation, the DiRSG report also contains discussion of ethnic diversity within racing in light of the worldwide conversation about race and racism seen this year, highlights a number of important individual milestones as well as the launch of a wide variety of industry initiatives...

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Fayette County Schools Launch Equine Training Program

With an eye on bolstering the available pool of labor, several Kentucky horse farms, along with other industry organizations, have come together and donated $322,000 to the Fayette County Public Schools, which will be creating an all-encompassing equine training program for middle school students and high school students attending the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Lexington. While Fayette County might seem like a natural breeding ground for future farm employees that wasn't necessarily the case, said Chauncey Morris, the executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, which spearheaded the effort...

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Letter to the Editor on Diversity in Racing: Jacqueline Durvin

Thank you for your series Diversity in Racing; I appreciate that you and other voices in racing are thinking about how to cultivate a more diverse and inclusive environment throughout the horse racing industry. For full disclosure I am a recent graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, but I am also an autistic person with ADHD— in a word, neurodiverse. What that means is that my brain is quite literally "wired" differently at its most basic level. Neurodiversity currently describes the Autistic, ADHDers, the Epileptic, and...

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The First Steps Towards Inclusiveness in Racing

On a sparsely traveled road in downtown Lexington, African Cemetery No. 2 sits encircled by a worn iron fence. The sounds of cars flashing by nearby busier streets, the incessant barking of a neighboring dog and the harsh droning of a drill from the adjacent auto parts shop carry through the isolated eight-acre plot. Opened in 1869, the site now contains over 5,000 graves, of which fewer than 600 are recognized with markers. The plot inters hundreds of enslaved African Americans, as well as members of the U.S. Colored Troops...

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Diversity in Racing: Anthony Manganaro

Co-Owner, Siena Farm, Paris, KY Since the beginning of time, humans have pigeonholed each other by race, religion, gender and wealth, which has resulted in discrimination. There are many pathways that can and must be taken to reduce systemic racism and prejudice. But I see no pathway to eliminate latent discrimination; humans will always pigeonhole. There continues to be systemic racism in all sports and in American society. Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans and Muslims continue to bear the brunt of latent discrimination and prejudice. In the early days of...

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Diversity in Racing: Jonathon Kinchen

Horseplayer, NYRA/Fox Analyst, Co-creator In The Money Media What if one of racing's biggest moments had a Black person at the center? Other sports have had such moments, from Doug Williams winning the Super Bowl to Tiger Woods's first Masters victory to Venus Williams winning Wimbledon. These moments made these sports more appealing to Black people because they saw people who looked like them achieving success at the highest levels. Racing in the modern era is still waiting for that moment. And for a sport that's been so traditionally white,...

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Taking Stock: Being Inclusive in an Exclusive Game

Is it even possible to be inclusive in an exclusive game? Kudos to Sue Finley and this publication for its series on diversity and inclusion, featuring several notable individuals who've made poignant cases for the benefits of opening racing's upper-echelon doors to Black people, people of color, women and other marginalized groups. However, the ways in which racing has been drifting are going to make this difficult. Money is power, and if you take away the participation of wealthy foreign stakeholders--South Americans, Europeans, and Middle Easterners--racing in this country is...

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Diversity in Racing: Joe Santos Jr.

As many people in the United States and around the world question their personal views on diversity and racial inclusion, we decided to look inwardly on our industry, and we found it wanting. So we asked a tough question to several industry members- How do we make racing at its highest level more diverse? JOE SANTOS JR.    As we've seen in these times, diversity scares people. Especially those who are at the head of power. Racing is no different in this aspect than the real world. So many times...

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Diversity in Racing: Dora Delgado
Diversity in Racing: Dora Delgado

As many people in the United States and around the world question their personal views on diversity and racial inclusion, we decided to look inwardly on our industry, and we found it wanting. So we asked a tough question to several industry members: How do we make racing at its highest level more diverse? DORA DELGADO, Executive VP and Chief Racing Officer of Breeders' Cup The key to diversifying any business is to take a hard look at the data and a hard look at the social and economic roadblocks...

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Diversity in Racing: Angel Cordero Jr.

As a dark-skinned native of Puerto Rico trying to break into U.S. racing in the early Sixties against a largely white rider colony in New York, Angel Cordero Jr. may have faced more racism than anybody working in racing today. It happened to him inside and outside of the sport. More than 50 years later, much has changed in racing and Cordero said he was proud of the strides Hispanic jockeys have made. At most tracks, they dominate the riders' standings. But Cordero said there remains a problem for the...

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Diversity in Racing: Tim Wickes

 TIM WICKES  I have three sons and one daughter, and I would like to think that it will be as easy for her as it will be for them, but I know it won't be. In this industry, Linda Rice is the unicorn of trainers as the most decorated female trainer in history. Julie Krone was the unicorn of her generation as a jockey, and the same goes for Georgeanne Hale as the first woman to serve as a racing secretary at a major North American racetrack. I'm embarrassed by...

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Diversity in Racing: Kitty Taylor

KITTY TAYLOR, Warrendale Sales I think most of the time, folks don't want to see others people's points of view and/or they can't see them due to their life experiences. I was listening to NPR yesterday, and they were discussing the discontinuation of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben's and Cream of Wheat because of their use of African American imagery. I had never thought of the subtle messaging that just those small daily images make on our views of others. To that point, until we in racing can become more self-aware,...

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