2013 Kentucky Derby Has Makings of Historic Race at Churchill Downs

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IMay 3, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Rosie Napravnik the jockey for Mylute talks to the media during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As one of the most elegant and historic annual events in sports, it seems like every year we hear that the Kentucky Derby has all of the makings to be a historic race at Churchill Downs.

Here in 2013, we mean it.

There's a great possibility that history is made at the 2013 Kentucky Derby, and that form of historic value can come in a multitude of ways on Saturday.

For one, Goldencents jockey Kevin Krigger has been presented with the opportunity to become the first African-American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902, as Al Roker noted on Twitter.

Jimmy Winkfield was the last to do it, when he won back-to-back races in 1901 and 1902, and the Press-Telegram tells us that the last time an African American even rode in the race was 1921.

A Goldencents win would undoubtedly mark a significant and historical race for Krigger and African Americans everywhere. The colt enters the derby with 5-1 odds, according to the Kentucky Derby's official website.

Also competing for history is Rosie Napravnik, who will be jockeying Mylute and is looking to become the first woman to ever win a Kentucky Derby event (h/t National Post).

Boasting more than 1,500 victories and being the only female to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 (h/t Kentucky Derby), Napravnik is easily the best female jockey to ever hop aboard a horse, and her colt has a legitimate chance of helping her make history on Saturday.

Mylute has drawn 15-1 odds and is trained by Tom Amoss, who was inducted into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame in 1998 (via Kentucky Derby).

The potential for historical happenings at the 2013 derby is unprecedented. The fact that a black man can become the first jockey to win in 111 years and that a woman can break the male-dominated barrier of horse racing all in one day—on the same track—makes the 2013 Kentucky Derby an event that all sports fans must tune in to.

And if that's not enough for you, 50-year-old grandfather Tim Sullivan will be jockeying Oxbow. While he wouldn't be the oldest jockey to ever win a derby (54-year-old Willie Shoemaker already took care of that record), it's still an impressive feat and likely makes you feel like a couch potato while reading this.

With history on the line, be sure to tune into the 2013 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4 at 6:24 p.m. ET.


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