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.
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