Little Known Black History Fact: Kevin Krigger

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    On April 6, 2013, horse jockey Kevin Krigger became the first black jockey to win the Santa Anita Derby in 76 years. The 29 year-old rider says he’s destined to win the upcoming Kentucky Derby on May 4th. If Krigger’s horse Goldencents leads them to victory, he will be the first black jockey to win the race since 1902. The first was a black man named Jimmy Winkfield.

    Kevin Krigger is a native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands. He jumped on a horse around age 4, in his first expression of a desire to ride. His family finally accepted his wish and he got his own horse at 10 years old. He came to America in 2001 and began riding as an apprentice at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio. His apprenticeship lasted another year before he began to compete with experienced jockeys and fulfill the weight requirement. A jockey’s ideal weight is 112 pounds.

    Krigger is a father of four children. He is engaged to Taisha Mintas.

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