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The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys – History When St. Croix native Kevin Krigger leads Goldencents into the starting gate for the 139th Kentucky Derby, he will become only the second black jockey in the last 92 years to ride in the Run for the Roses. Although African-American jockeys may be a rarity now, they dominated the winner’s circle in the race’s first three decades.

When St. Croix native Kevin Krigger leads Goldencents into the starting gate for the 139th Kentucky Derby, he will become only the second black jockey in the last 92 years to ride in the Run for the Roses. Although African-American jockeys may be a rarity now, they dominated the winner’s circle in the race’s first three decades.

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