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Henderson, Erskine

(born: 1864  -  died: 1913) 

Erskine Henderson is the only jockey to win three derbies in one year: the Kentucky Derby, Tennessee Derby, and Coney Island (New York) Derby, all in 1885 aboard Joe Cotton.

For more see p. 114 of SCLC: The Southern Leadership Conference National Magazine, vol. 23, issue 4 (Aug-Oct, 1994); and Erskine Henderson in Horse Racing's Most Wanted, by D. L. Hudson, Jr.

*Additional information provided by Yvonne Giles, "The register wrote his name as "Earthshins Henison" with a death date of 25 Nov 1913, burial in Versailles, KY certificate #30819."

Kentucky County & Region

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NKAA Source: SCLC: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference national magazine (periodical)
NKAA Source: Horse racing's most wanted: the top ten book of derby delights, frenetic finishes, and backstretch banter

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