Kevin Krigger prepares to make history at Churchill Downs


by WHAS11

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 10:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kevin Krigger will be riding Goldencents in Kentucky Derby 139.

It's his first Derby and he says he's confident he'll win.

If he does he will be the first African-American jockey to do so since 1902.

History is made at Churchill Downs.

 “I’ve prepared myself for this race a long time ago. All I have to do is ride Goldencents,” Krigger said.

And by doing that, Kevin Krigger will be the second African-American jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby since 1921.

If he wins, he will be the first African-American jockey do so since 1902.

“I’m going to be proud to be the first one to do it since 1902. But I want to win the Derby,” Krigger said.

Krigger's father stays within eye sight of his son on the backside where he has gained much attention from the media because of his race and the historical significance that rest upon him.

 “We don’t really think about that. Because if you work hard and are good at what you do, it doesn’t matter what race you are,” Albert Krigger, Kevin’s father, said.

“I just had to keep working hard to prove that I belong here and I’m here now,” Krigger said.

He is here to make history. A dream he has had since a young boy on his native island of Saint Croix.