Jockey: The Rider's Life in American Thoroughbred Racing

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McFarland, Dec 6, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 215 pages
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Being a jockey is more than a career, it's a way of life. The glitz and glamour of the show may belie all the time and effort that goes into it, but the life of a jockey entails a great deal of risk, personal sacrifice and hardship. Often viewed as second-rate athletes, partly because of their small size, these riders are in actuality some of the toughest men in the athletic world. Pound for pound, they are unmatched in physical prowess. Controlling and guiding large thoroughbreds requires a great deal of strength and skill. In addition, there is little room for error during the close-run, high-speed races where the necessity of implementing a winning strategy makes the sport mentally as well as physically taxing. This volume provides an in-depth look at the self-employed, independent contractor known as the jockey and the all-encompassing culture of the race track he calls home. The book details the qualities and abilities of the successful jockey, the transitory nature of horse racing, the jockey's constant battle regarding weight, the financial motivation of the sport and the close-knit nature of the profession. Interviews with over 100 jockeys including Hall of Famers Pat Day, Earlie Fires and Russell Baze, add a personal focus and give the reader an inside glimpse into the world of horse racing. The last chapter includes brief biographical sketches of the most influential riders from the last 50 years.
 

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I have been slow to aquire this book.. I am not a big reader but I DO read racing books.. Especially anything about jockeys.... And take it first hand there is not much to choose from.. In fact I'm dumbfounded that's there not more.. Sad. That's what brings me to writing this review..we (jockeys) do need a voice and someone to tell it the way it is! To translate it all into plain English.. So to speak. THIS BOOK DOES THAT AND MORE .. it's a well of information.. Accurate information!! Current and history.
THANKYOU SCOTT et el all!!! What a magic book!! Every racetrack should have one or two available to read! They could use a copy in every racing office, jocks room, and most of all every racing commission!
AGAIN THANKS TO ALL FOR MAKING THIS BOOK MY ALL TIME FAVORATE BOOK!! HOPE YOU ARE WORKING ON ANOTHER!!
 

Contents

Day in the Life
24
Winning Is Everything
38
Size Really Does Matter
77
Theyre O
94
Those Are the Breaks
145
Best of the Best
164
Out of the Saddle
192
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Scott A. Gruender is an associate member of the National Turf Writers Association and lives in Renton, Washington.

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