Fair Grounds
Racing Hall of Fame

Fair Grounds Race Course
1872-2001


Black Gold
Black Colt 1921
Black Toney-Useeit

Bred and owned by Rosa Hoots, trained by Hanley Webb.

Black Gold, the winner of the most romanticized Kentucky Derby of all, was the subject of a movie and was one of the most popular horses ever to race at Fair Grounds.

Black Gold's dam, Useeit, was banned from racing after owner Al Hoots refused a valid claim for her in Juarez.

On his deathbed, Hoots made his wife promise to mate the ill-bred mare to a great stallion. Mrs. Hoots' story found a sympathetic ear with Col. E. R. Bradley, then owner of one of the top sires in America, Black Toney. The resultant foal won the 1924 runnings of the Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Chicago Derbys, with New Orleanian J. D. Mooney as his rider.

Black Gold ran the first and last races of his career at Fair Grounds. On Jan. 18, 1928, he broke down near the finish in the Salome Purse and finished the race on a broken leg. The next day he was buried in the Fair Grounds infield.

Black Gold is a member of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.