When Kevin Krigger guides 3-year-old Goldencents at this weekend's Kentucky Derby, he will be going for more than just the first leg of horse racing's triple crown. If Goldencents wins, and the horse certainly has a shot, Krigger will become the first African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in more than a century.
African-American jockeys won 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derbys but none has come in first since 1902.
That can change on Saturday. Goldencents was given 5-1 odds on Wednesday and owns post position No. 5. Orb and Verrazano are the overall favorites.
Krigger and Goldencents have combined to win before. The two won the Santa Anita Derby last month, making Krigger the first African-American jockey to ever win that event.
The 29-year-old Krigger is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands and has been riding horses since childhood. His shot on the sport's biggest stage will happen Saturday evening at 6:24 p.m. ET.