Braulio Baeza, 1963 Kentucky Derby Winner, Helped Pave The Way For Latino Jockeys

04/29/2013 12:44 pm ET
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Braulio Baeza was born in Panama and lives in New York, but his story is inextricably tied to Kentucky and Lexington.

He won the Kentucky Derby 50 years ago aboard Chateaugay, a horse from Lexington's Darby Dan Farm. He was among the first Latino jockeys to win the Run for the Roses.

Since that 1963 victory, 11 jockeys born in Latin America have won 15 Derbys. Five of those riders — Edgar Prado, Victor Espinoza, Mario Gutierrez, Jose Santos and John R. Velazquez — have won during the past 10 years