Kentucky Derby 2013: Kevin Krigger hoping for Derby glory and history

Rob Carr

Jockey Kevin Krigger will ride Derby-contender Goldencents and can become the first African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in over a century.

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.

More Kentucky Derby coverage:

Kentucky Derby post positions

Meet the Kentucky Derby contenders

Rick Pitino eyes Tourney/Derby double with Goldencents

Kentucky Derby weekend weather forecast

Looking at Kentucky Derby's historical payouts

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.