In 2013, Ralph Mitchell occasionally worked with the Kelly's in the backside kitchen. He was unfailingly pleasant. I have no idea how we got talking and how I worked up the courage to ask him to do an interview, but am extremely glad he did. He speaks eloquently about being the 10th child born in a farm family in a black community outside of Tampa and about the racism he experienced early on as a groom, trainer and jockey. He also gives a historical perspective about this racism.