Video | Kevin Krigger REOPENING the History of Black Jockeys at the 139th Kentucky Derby

Join us for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby today at 6:20 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. CT Watch it live here on NBC.


Kevin Krigger:  Born: October, 23, 1983 – ST CROIX, VI  USA


Kevin with his horse GOLDENCENTS

Associated Press–Journeyman Kevin Krigger, 29, is the jockey for Goldencents, whom he has ridden in all six of the colt’s races.

A Black Jockey At The Kentucky Derby, Once Again

The Kentucky Derby’s 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that’s been a rarity in the race for much of the past century — an African-American jockey.

“Everything that comes with the Derby right now for me is not the same as the majority of the other riders, or any other riders, because I’m the only African-American rider in the race,” Kevin Krigger says.

Krigger was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but he’s been racing in California. He’s the first African-American jockey to ride in the Derby in more than a decade.

“All my life I grew up watching races and I knew there weren’t too many African-American jockeys,” Krigger says. “Being African-American is just a part of who I am.”

Krigger will be riding Goldencents, a favorite in the race. And he’s confident about his chances: “I’m going to be the first African-American to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902. And that’s a hell of a milestone.”

Yes, he said the first since 1902. African-American jockeys are rare now, but they used to dominate the sport. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner. In later years, there were legendary black jockeys who won multiple Derbys and earned international fame.

“That was the face of horse racing until the latter 1890s, when it all started to change,” says Maryjean Wall, a longtime horse racing writer who teaches at the University of Kentucky.

Jim Crow, segregation and African-Americans departing the rural South for cities all contributed to a white takeover of horse racing in the 20th century. Christopher Klein at tells us more:

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21 Responses to Video | Kevin Krigger REOPENING the History of Black Jockeys at the 139th Kentucky Derby

  1. Orb wins the 139th Kentucky Derby in 2:02.89

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic.

    When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.

    Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.

    Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.

    Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02.89

  2. Orb wins the Kentucky Derby!


  3. Ametia says:

    ORBS TAKES IT! Congratulations!

  4. Ametia says:


  5. ….And THEY’RE OFF!

  6. Ametia says:

    Kevin Krigger’s a HOTTIE. Yeah, I said it. LOL

  7. Ametia says:

    The jockeys have entered the stadium.

  8. Ametia says:

    Come on Goldencents!

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  10. Kentucky Derby 2013: Orb, Goldencents, Verrazano Lead Wide-Open Field At Churchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A trainer flooding the field with five horses. A black jockey trying to make history, and a woman rider, too. Louisville coach Rick Pitino seeking a double – champions in racing and basketball. He’s sure in the right place.

    The 19-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is balanced, with no definitive favorite.

    Orb is the pre-race choice, just barely. Nearly overshadowed is his trainer, Shug McGaughey, who really, really wants this race. Doug O’Neill trying to win back-to-back. And then there’s the threat of rain, which has done in some of the best-laid plans on race day.

  11. A little humor until the race…

  12. Watching the horses run is a thing of beauty!

    Love, love it!

  13. Sooky Sooky Now! Go Kevin! Go!

  14. Ametia says:

    What did Paul Mooney say? 3 Chics wishes you much success and a WIN, Kevin!

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