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Black jockeys race into history
Krigger, Lebron to ride in Kentucky Derby
 
Published Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:47 am
by Key News Journal

 

Black jockeys Kevin Krigger and Victor Lebron, both of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, will be the first Crucians to ever race in the Kentucky Derby. Krigger will ride Goldencents at the May 4 Derby and is ranked second and Lebron, who will be on Frak Attack, is ranked 28th.

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Kevin Krigger, the second-ranked jockey in the U.S., will race in the Kentucky Derby.


When thoroughbred horse racing began, black jockeys reigned supreme. From Oliver Lewis, the first Kentucky Derby winning jockey in 1875 to Isaac Murphy, who won three Derbys (1884, 1890, 1891) black jockeys were the sports heroes of the late 1800s. It was 1902 when a black jockey, Jimmy Winkfield of Kentucky, last won the Derby.


Many have predicted that Krigger could be the winner of the 2013 Derby.


Earlier this month, Krigger won four races during California’s Santa Anita meet. He became the first black jockey to win the Santa Anita and did it riding Goldencents, which is partially owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

 

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