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Pull Out of the Kentucky Derby? Pressure on a Black Owner Mounts


But this isn’t like any other year. Harbut is the rare Black horse owner in a sport that is among the whitest in America. Now, he is hearing calls that he should boycott America’s most famous race.








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Greg Harbut watches as his horse, Necker Island, prepares to race during the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., Aug. 9, 2020. (William DeShazer/The New York Times)

Greg Harbut watches as his horse, Necker Island, prepares to race during the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., Aug. 9, 2020. (William DeShazer/The New York Times)
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Why one African-American horse owner refused to boycott Kentucky Derby for Breonna Taylor


“I stand with Black Lives Matter, and I stand for justice for Breonna Taylor,” Harbut said. “But as an African American man involved in an industry that’s not very inclusive to people who look like me, there’s no way that I could sit out on one of the largest race days in the U.S. and not bring awareness to the contributions that African Americans have given to horse racing.”









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