Put Thoroughbred Jockey DeShawn Parker in Racing's Hall of Fame
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Deshawn Parker, a native of Cincinnati, OH is the first African-American Jockey to rule a colony since the late 19th Century, when blacks were all but eliminated from the riders' ranks. He has won more races than any African-American Jockey in history; currently closing in on 5,250 races won as of May 2017. He has led the National jockey standings in number of wins in consecutive years (2010 and 2011) and has remained among the top ten in this list in 8 of the past 10 years; a testament to his skill and consistency.
Though he has enjoyed nearly all of his record-breaking success at one modest racing outlet (he leads all jockeys in wins in the history of Mountaineer Park in WV) this doesn't diminish the achievement: compare his performance to Russell Baze (Hall of Fame 1999), David Gall and T.D Houghton, who have garnered their own high numbers in the very same way.
Despite his lofty accomplishments, and outside of racial considerations, he is the quintessential athlete’s athlete. Modest and unassuming, polite and well-spoken, he is respected by all who know him personally for his commitment to his family as well as his work. That he has quietly gone about the business of erasing a century of black exclusion in horse racing is no surprise, for he embodies the sport.
No-one who knows of him wouldn't want him in the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga; this is why we, the signers of this petition are committed to seeing him honored there, among the greatest, for all time.
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