This May 4, Kevin Krigger hopes to ride to victory in the Kentucky Derby and make some history of his own. Krigger grew up around horses in the U.S. Virgin Islands, starting with an impromptu ride when he was only 5-years-old.
"In the Virgin Islands, horses are pets, like dogs or cats in the U.S.," he said. "Our neighbors didn't know I'd be taking theirs for a ride. My great-grandfather saw me fly past him and couldn't believe it."
The 29-year-old will ride Goldencents — an early favorite — trained by Doug O'Neill, who trained last year's winner. Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is a co-owner of the horse.