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Monday, April 29, 2013

Kevin Krigger Aiming to Be First African-American Jockey to Win Kentucky Derby Since 1902

Kevin Krigger

29-year-old African-American jockey Kevin Krigger is hoping to be the first African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902. He will be riding on his horse Goldenscents.

Krigger has already made history at the Santa Anita Derby, in which he became the first African-American to win that race in its 76-year history. If Krigger wins the Kentucky Derby this May 4th, he will be following the path of his predecessor Jimmy Winkfield who won twice more than 100 years ago.

"It’s sad," Krigger says of the lack African-American champions and competitors, especially considering that black jockeys once dominated the Derby, winning 15 of the first 28 Derby’s run from 1875-1902. "But I’m ready to be the first since then. No doubt about it, I’m going to be part of history."

Krigger is from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the young age of just 4 or 5, he dreamed to become a world-famous jockey. After noting his passion, his grandmother bought him a horse when he turned 10.

Here's another photo of Kevin in action:

Kevin Krigger

For more details about Kevin Krigger, visit www.horseracingnation.com/person/Kevin_Krigger

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