Jockey Kevin Krigger stole the show Saturday evening at Emerald Downs, riding four winners including career victory No. 1,000.
Krigger swept races 4, 5, 6 and 7, scoring win No. 1,000 aboard I Double Dare You ($5.20) in race five, and adding a feature race victory on Vicente’s Shadow ($9) in the $16,600 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.
Krigger also won the fourth on Honkytonkbar ($13.40) and the sixth on Bounty Hunter ($23.40), and has 19 wins in 70 mounts since returning here August 2.
Krigger’s milestone victory on I Double Dare You was in gate to wire fashion as the 5-year-old mare cruised by 3 ½ lengths for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez and owner John Sneesby.
“It’s been a long road to get to 1,000 wins, a lot of highlights and I’ve ridden at a lot of places,” Krigger said in the winner’s circle. “But it’s great to get my thousandth win at Emerald Downs, this place is like my second home.”
A 35-year-old native of the Virgin Islands, Krigger broke his maiden in 2001 at Thistledown and is best know for winning the 2013 Santa Anita Derby on Goldencents. Of his 1,002 career wins, 361 have come at Emerald Downs including the 2005 riding title with 126 wins.
In the featured seventh race, Krigger and Vicente’s Shadow held off Kevin Orozco and Bullet Drill in a driving finish for a head victory. Owned and trained by Satchell Stevens, Vicente’s Shadow ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.77 while ending a nine-race losing streak that included three seconds, two thirds, and a nose defeat in the 2018 Auburn Stakes.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Liaison, Vicente’s Shadow is 2-3-2 in 11 starts overall with earnings of $41,645.
For Stevens, nephew of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, it was his first victory at Emerald Downs.
The track record for most wins in a day is six shared by Kevin Radke, Seth Martinez and Julien Couton, however Krigger (July 8, 2010) and Leslie Mawing (May 2, 2014) are the only riders to sweep five straight races in day. Krigger had a chance to equal the record Saturday, but Valid Prince finished fourth in the eighth race