Goldencents, the Santa Anita Derby winner with former Emerald Downs leading rider Kevin Krigger aboard, was 17th in the Kentucky Derby.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trainer Doug O’Neill came up far short in his bid to win the Kentucky Derby in consecutive years.
O’Neill, who saddled 2012 winner I’ll Have Another, sent out 7-1 shot Goldencents on Saturday. The Santa Anita Derby winner was 17th in a field of 19 in the Kentucky Derby, 49 ½ lengths behind winner Orb.
Goldencents’ jockey, Kevin Krigger, was seeking to become the first African-American rider to win the Derby since 1902.
“It just wasn’t our race,” said Krigger, who was the leading rider at Emerald Downs in Auburn in 2005.
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Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, the leading rider at Longacres in Renton in 1983 and 1984, is four months into a comeback after being retired for seven years.
Three-time Derby winner Stevens was aboard 24-1 shot Oxbow, who finished sixth.
“I’ve got a smile on my face I can’t wipe off. It was fun. It was fun, because he ran his race,” Stevens, 50, said. “He got a chance today, and he fired a big bullet, and that’s when it’s fun, when you get a good trip in this race and the horse is giving his all.”
Rosie Napravnik guided 15-1 shot Mylute to a fifth-place finish, the best of all time for a female rider in the Derby.
Napravnik surpassed a record she set two years ago, when Pants on Fire was ninth.
“It was really exciting,” the 25-year-old said. “I was excited to have the best finish by a female.”