For Krigger, A Derby Ride Would Be Historic

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Jockey Kevin Krigger and Doug O'Neill Jockey Kevin Krigger and Doug O'Neill

As jockey Kevin Krigger pilots Goldencents in today’s Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, he will be hoping for more than a few Derby points and a piece of the $300,000 purse—he will be hoping for a chance to make history.

Goldencents currently carries 10 points on the Derby leaderboard. If he fails to do well in the San Felipe, he could still redeem himself with one more prep race before the first Saturday in May. Krigger has been almost the only rider the colt has ever known, both in workouts and in the starting gate.

A ride in the Derby would not just be a personal achievement for Krigger, but would also mark just the second time an African American jockey had competed in the race since 1921.

Krigger grew up in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands dreaming of becoming a jockey and riding in the Kentucky Derby. He rode horses every chance he got, and raced in his backyard against friends and neighbors. He came west as an apprentice in 2002 on the California circuit before moving on to other tracks. He settled at Golden Gate Fields in 2011 and began to hit his stride, finishing second in the rider standings for two meets.

“If I continue to ride good and work hard, I’m pretty sure I can make Southern California my base circuit,” he told the Press-Telegram.

Read more at the Press-Telegram

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  • Hopefieldstables

    I guess Black Barbadians riding out of Canada are not as noteworthy. Patrick Husbands rode Seaside Retreat in the Kentucky Derby in 2006.

  • MsMoose

    Kevin rode briefly at Suffolk Downs, and impressed everyone with his professional attitude and ability.  All his friends from Boston wish him the best!

  • Pierre

    I think he is a Crucian not African American.

  • William L. Anton

    I think too much is made of his country of origin and the fact that he is black. No person on earth can be blamed for who they are or where they came from. I know Kevin from his early days at Golden Gate fields and what a nice young man. The important thing is what his is and has made of himself.  He is a excellent jockey, not an excellent black jockey. He is also a very fine man in his own right.  Good luck Kevin, if you make the Derby, Good Luck their too!

  • Jel4749

    I like Kevin alot, I think he is super rider. Much the best to this classy jockey

  • FIVE2_THREE

    Am I the only one offended ? seriously why does the spotlight of race come into play when a Black American is on the verge of accomplishing something ? I don’t recall Mario’s win being recorded as the first win for a Mexican jockey.

  • Katrab54

    All the best wishes for Kevin! He is a very nice lad and a very underrated race rider. :)

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