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 KentuckyDerbyOnline.com).
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.
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.