He’s the boy who used to skip school to ride horses. Today the dreams of the St. Croix native are coming true. He’s number eight riding “Goldencents” but the story of this race–is race indeed.
Krigger, if he wins the 139th Kentucky Derby, would be the first African-American to win since 1902! In the history of the Derby which includes 15 among the first 20 jockeys being African-American hasn’t seen a winner of this “race” since Jimmy “Wink” Winkfield.
According to followhorseracing.com:
Krigger started an American career at Golden Gate Fields and Emerald Downs.
Krigger picks up his first mount in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, where he will ride Goldencents for trainer Doug O’Neill. Krigger has made history, being the first jockey from the Virgin Islands to score a mount in the Kentucky Derby.
The horse Goldencents is also partially owned by Louisville 2013 NCAA Championship winning men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino.
If Krigger wins, it’s historical on all fronts–and just adds to the winning streak of the owner and a dream come true for Krigger:
“Ever since I was a little kid, I had pasture horses, and I always wanted to take it to the next step,” he said. “I love riding, and I love horses, too. I went to the races on St. Croix, I watched the big ones on TV. It’s just something I was born with. Being a jockey is the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
Well, the world is watching Kevin!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,