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Former Emerald Downs jockey takes on Derby


Jockey Kevin Krigger rode off and on at Emerald Downs between 2004 and 2006. But for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, Krigger was looking to make history. With a win, he would become the first black jockey to win since Jimmy Winkfield did so in 1902.

The favorite , Orb, with jockey Joel Rosario would take the Derby with a 2 1/2 length victory. This was trainer Shug McGaughey and Rosario’s first Derby win. Orb paid $12.80, $7.40 and $5.40. More than 151,616 fans turned out for the race despite terrible weather.

Krigger, who was riding 7-to-1 shot Goldencents finished in 17th place despite being in 2nd for most of the race. Goldencents is co-owned by Louisville men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino and trained by Doug O’Neill, who won last year with I’ll Have Another. Kevin-Krigger-credit-Dan-Dry


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