"My Wind Cries Home" It is an untold story of black trainer Ansel Williamson and black jockey Oliver Lewis and their horse Aristides who won the inaugural Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875.  The history of Thoroughbred horse racing in America is rich with the legacy of black jockeys. There was a time when riding a racehorse was almost exclusively a black occupation. 


It all began with plantation owners using lightweight slave boys to race their horses against rival owners. Some slaves were tied to horses to keep them from falling off, resulting in injury and sometimes death.  


My story would begin on one of these plantations in Fayette County, Kentucky right after the 13th amendment abolishing slavery.  Oliver a rebellious young boy forms a relationship with Ansel a  "horse whisperer" while reluctantly befriending a young colt. 



                                                                      Below is a short scene from the script I am working on



"Layon Gray is a renaissance man with imposing imagination."

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"Mr. Gray has the instincts of an entertainer."
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