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Kevin Krigger coming back to Golden Gate Fields

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In December of 2011, jockey Kevin Krigger decided to move his tack from Golden Gate Fields to take a shot at the Southern California circuit. Next week, he will return to the bay area and ride full time in Northern California.

Krigger has selected Ray Harris as his agent. Harris, is also the agent for leading rider Russell Baze

“Business has slowed down there and at this stage of my career is more of a family decision,” Krigger said Saturday after riding three horses at Golden Gate Fields. “I'm taking care of my family. If it was about chasing my dreams I would have stayed down there but its not. I'm coming to some place where it's comfortable. This is like home to me.”

When Krigger returned to the bay area in 2011, he immediately rose near the top of the jockey standings. He finished 5th in the short summer meet and second behind Russell Baze in the two month long winter meet.

But in an attempt to rise to the next level, the 29-year-old native of the St. Croix of the Virgin Islands, left GGF at the end of 2011 and began to find his niche in So Cal. His success led him to gaining the mount on Goldencents. His wins aboard the Doug O’Neill trainee in the Sham Stakes and Santa Anita Derby put the two of them on track for the Triple Crown.

After finishing 17th in the Kentucky Derby, Krigger made the decision to accompany the horse to Pimlico and stay there for the two weeks until the Preakness, rather than returning home to ride. After a 5th place finish in the Preakness and a runner up effort in the Bing Crosby, Krigger lost the mount on Goldencents. Some people feel his time away cost him some business he never got back.

“The way I see it, if I went back there (so Cal) instead of going to stay at the Preakness, I think I’d be in the same predicament,” he said. “There's no second guessing my decision. I stuck with the guys that stuck with me and that’s why I went over there the day after the Kentucky Derby. Me and Tom (agent Knust) didn’t have much in the book. It was a roll of the dice. If we win the Preakness we can get back rolling but we didn’t, and I’m back here now. I have no regrets.”

In the most recent meets at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Barretts at Fairplex, Krigger won just 6 races in 96 mounts. At the current Hollywood Park meet he is win less in 8 starts. 


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kevin krigger has the goods he is a damn good jockey works hard dosen't drink, and yet dosen't get the business he should be , in this the racing business it's a set of jockeys that get the best horses and are called great jocks and another set that drink and fo drugs and are given the change to ride those expensive animals, why is that ? Go figure!!!
kevin krigger , works hard dosen't drink and a devouted family man. yet he is not given enough business to reach the top level, why is that? go figure!!! the racing business has a set of it's own jockey's doing drugs and being allowed to return to ride these expensive beautiful animals. of coursr they are given the best horses to ride after repeating the same and returning through the revovling doors. kevin will do great at goldrn gat, and I hope he continue to be positive maybe the next great horse is just around the corner. good luck KK
I know lots of good riders, BUT there are just so many spots at the top..If yo study even a mid sized race meeting 80% winners are ridden by 20% of the riders
bigger? what??
I never denied that, tv. I just said he seems to be a good young fellow who loves what he does for a living and has some talent... Not every post is about statistics, logic, or handicapping with computers... Do you ever understand there are things bigger in life than jockeys' worth, trainers' worth, wagering, sartin methodology and computer handicapping? All I said was he seems to be a very fine young kid who enjoys what he does... and that I wish him the best at GGF... any issue with that? Never made any comment about how jockeys' affect a race...
Vic,there i agree with you. Just like many a trainer have said.The one thing you can't do,is make slow horses run fast. If a jock is not sitting on a fast horse,the only way he or she will win.Is if the others are slower.
WHNE are you DUMMIES ever going to learn: If you ride the best, you WIN a lot....If you don't get the mounts youdon't win...Capable of not it is the HORSE DOING THE RUNNING and the rider does not make that much a difference!
Just 6 wins in his past 104 starts... I think this was the appropriate decision and it will help provide for his family (as he was quoted in the article). He obviously has a good agent and hopefully he can get some of Jerry Hollendorfer's mounts. I'll be tracking his career very closely at Golden Gate. Best of luck to him.
I have always liked Kevin Krigger, as a person, but also as a rider. The guy loves what he does which is evidenced by his Magic Johnson-like smile every time he is on the back of a racehorse. It is sad he has not been very successful lately, particularly when he lost the mount on Goldencents, but I hope Kevin does well at Golden Gate Fields and wish him continued success.
At one time, no longer, was the toughest jockey colony in the US...even ALMOST as tough as Saratoga, but not quite
I like that he really enjoys the sport. Kevin always has a smile on his face. Good luck to you at GGF
So sad that he was not given much of a chance here in So Cal, he is such hard worker, one of the fittest jockey around !!!!

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Meet Don August

I have been involved in horse racing, from a fan to sportswriter, for the past 30 years. The first time my dad took me to the track, I picked a horse named "Black Tornado" and when he won, I was hooked.  From then on, I spent weekends and occasional school days at the race track, and my enjoyment of the sport led me to try my hand at being a jockey agent, which i did for 3 years. When that didn't work out as I had hoped, I concentrated on my writing career by covering big races and doing summer fair handicapping, off and on, for the Contra Costa Times.

Today, I stay involved in the sport by being part of a group that currently owns two horses stabled at Golden Gate Fields. As all owners, we have dreams of someday having that special horse.  Besides writing about horse racing I enjoy covering many sports and have had the honor of meeting and writing about some incredible athletes.

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