Kentucky Derby 2013: Kevin Krigger Guarantees Victory in "Race for 2nd Place"

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2013

Jockey Kevin Krigger recently sat down with The Kings of Sport podcast as his highly anticipated run at history and the 2013 Kentucky Derby nears. 

Krigger looks to become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in well over a century.  A Goldencents victory at Churchill Downs would be an unbelievable accomplishment to many.  But nobody will believe it more than Kevin Krigger himself.

The oft-humble jockey carried a tone of swagger and moxie when asked about stout competition in the Kentucky Derby.  This competition includes, but is not limited to, three-time derby winner Calvin Borel.  Borel will be riding Revolutionary, whose odds are currently listed at 7-1 (h/t

Not that Krigger cares. 

When tasked with naming two jockeys and/or horses he considers his toughest competition, Krigger was only concerned with one.  His own:

To be honest with you, I've looked at all the Triple Crown racers, and it's going to be a race for second place, you know? I can't tell you who's going to run second because right now I'm not focusing on who's going to run second. I'm just focusing on Goldencents and keeping him comfortable.  So I wouldn't be the right person to ask that question to. 

Krigger continued:

We're going to win the derby, man.  This is going to be a Triple Crown year. 

The potentially historic jockey went on to guarantee a Spurs NBA championship and a fifth ring for fellow St. Croix native Tim Duncan.  No word yet on whether or not Joe Namath is still blushing.