Derby's forgotten history rekindled
Jimmy Winkfield, the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, atop his horse in Chicago, 1901.
May 3rd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

Derby's forgotten history rekindled

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) –  Saturday afternoon, 21 horses will go to post at the famed Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Atop those horses will be their jockeys, looking to ride them to victory in the sport's crown jewel – the Kentucky Derby. But the appearance of one of those riders will shake back to life a largely forgotten time in horse racing's history when African-American jockeys dominated.

Kevin Krigger could become the first black jockey to win the Derby since 1902. He understands the historic significance, but also wants to win to validate his talent:

[4:02] "It's everything that I want to say that I stand for if I get to win the Kentucky Derby...and that is a major goal of mine."

Krigger is the second African-American jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby since 1921.

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CNN Radio News Day: May 3, 2013
Horses in the stable yard during morning workouts for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 3rd, 2013
04:41 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 3, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here's some of the stories we are covering in today's show:

  • The economy got more good news today in the form of a jobs report. 165,000 new jobs in April pushed the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5%. Progress, but there's still a lot of people looking for work. On Wall Street the jobs numbers sent  stocks flying. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 set records today. The national economic trend remains positive but the economic recovery is playing out differently across the country. So we checked in on a few communities and found in St. Louis things have recently gotten worse. Tim Logan covers the economy for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He says after six months of improvement, the jobs numbers for March took a dip and it might have something to do with all the defense industry jobs in the region:

"There's some reason to believe that the sequester related slow down in defense spending is having an unusually large impact here. FULL POST

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The Big Three: Close Guantanamo?
May 3rd, 2013
01:16 PM ET

The Big Three: Close Guantanamo?

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below. Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the editor of the politics blog The Dean's Report and co-host of a new CNN podcast "The Big Three" that looks at the top three stories of the week. Follow him on Twitter @deanofcomedy.

(CNN) – "Terrorists use Guantanamo Bay prison to recruit new members."

Aasif Mandvi, "The Daily Show's" senior correspondent, passionately made this argument as our first guest ever on the weekly CNN podcast "The Big Three."

Mandvi thinks it's time to close Guantanamo Bay now - and I couldn't agree with him more. Should the U.S. government close Gitmo and put the prisoners not cleared for release on trial? That's the first issue in this week's episode of "The Big Three," which features CNN contributors Margaret Hoover, John Avlon and me.



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Bergdorf Goodman's fashion gatekeeper
Exterior view of Bergdorf Goodman from the documentary, "SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S"
May 3rd, 2013
12:28 PM ET

Bergdorf Goodman's fashion gatekeeper

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - I have just spoken to one of the most influential women in the fashion world.

I tried to unlock the mystery of how she decides which designers should make the cut.

“If my covet radar goes up, most likely it will go up with other people.”

What an original expression of self-confidence. Trust your "covet radar."

It’s more complex than that, as you’ll hear. But that quote gives us a little window into Linda Fargo.

Fargo is the head of women’s fashion at the fashion mecca, Bergdorf Goodman, 5th Avenue in New York.

She is featured in the new film “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman” – which is sort of an ode to a place where fashion lovers worship. FULL POST

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