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Derby's forgotten history rekindled
Jimmy Winkfield, the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, atop his horse in Chicago, 1901.
May 3rd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

Derby's forgotten history rekindled

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) –  Saturday afternoon, 21 horses will go to post at the famed Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Atop those horses will be their jockeys, looking to ride them to victory in the sport's crown jewel – the Kentucky Derby. But the appearance of one of those riders will shake back to life a largely forgotten time in horse racing's history when African-American jockeys dominated.

Kevin Krigger could become the first black jockey to win the Derby since 1902. He understands the historic significance, but also wants to win to validate his talent:

[4:02] "It's everything that I want to say that I stand for if I get to win the Kentucky Derby...and that is a major goal of mine."

Krigger is the second African-American jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby since 1921.

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