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St. Croix Native Kevin Krigger Races in Kentucky Derby

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St. Croix Native Kevin Krigger Races in Kentucky Derby

kevin_krigger_2013_jockeyThis year's Kentucky Derby could make history, with Kevin Krigger from St. Croix on Goldencents, competing as the only African American jockey in the race.  If he wins, he would be only the second African American jockey in history to wear the roses at Churchill Downs.  Jim Winkfield, the first African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby 111 years ago.   Keep your eyes on Krigger and Goldencents when they blast out of the gate in the early evening of May 4th. Racing with Krigger at the Kentucky Derby is fellow St. Croix native, Victor LeBron.Goldencents4 

 

Jockey Kevin Krigger is a native of St Croix, US Virgin Islands. He jumped on his first horse at age 5 when he took his neighbor's pleasure horse for a joy ride. He began riding officially at age 10 and has been riding for more than a decade. He arrived in the States in 2001 beginning his riding career in Ohio and Mountaineer before moving west to make his mark at Golden Gate Fields and Emerald Downs. Krigger is now a regular on the Southern California racing circuit.doug_oneill_trainer

Trainer Doug O'Neil began training in 1994 and has been a perennial leader on the southern California racing circuit. In 2012 he rose to the highest level of the sport by saddling I'll Have Another to win the 138th Kentucky Derby and he would also go on to capture the Preakness stakes but was retired before a run for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.


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