(FOX 11) 29-year-old Kevin Krigger from Azusa is hoping to be the first black jockey since 1902 to win the Kentucky Derby. Krigger will be riding "Goldencents" at the Derby on May 4. It's a made-for-Hollywood movie with one great storyline after another.
Krigger grew up on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and has been riding horses since he was just 5 years old. As a teenager, he walked 2 hours to the only racetrack on the island. It's that love of horses and his work ethic that landed him on one of the Kentucky Derby favorites, "Goldencents."
One of the owners of "Goldencents," Dave Kenney, says Krigger earned the mount by showing up early every morning and working hard. Krigger rode "Goldencents" to victory at the Santa Anita Derby.
Kenney owns the horse with a group that includes Louisville men's basketball coach, Rick Pitino. Pitino, coming off a big national championship win with a team that overcame serious injuries and adversity, is hoping for another big win.
Krigger was riding "Goldencents" to victory at Santa Anita just as Louisville was playing Wichita State in the Final Four.
Doug O'Neill, who trained "I'll Have Another" to victory at both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, is looking for a repeat this year with "Goldencents." And his brother Dennis who last year found "I'll Have Another" bought "Goldencents" at auction for $62,000.
Krigger says he's happy to be the jockey who could once again make history.
For more on the history of black jockeys check out this article from "Men's Journal."