Kevin Krigger Aimed to Be First African-American Jockey to Win Kentucky Derby
Kevin Krigger did not end up making history Saturday, May 4th, riding Goldencents to a 17th-place finish at the 139th Kentucky Derby.
While Krigger and Goldencents were among the pre-race favourites, it was actually fellow Crucian Victor Lebron that finished ahead of Krigger with a 16th-place finish mounting Frac Daddy.
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 had won the Kentucky Derby, he would have been 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.
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.