Horses Aren't the Only Great Athletes on the Racetrack
Being a jockey is more than a career, it's a way of life. Often
viewed as second-rate athletes due to their small size, these riders are
some of the toughest men in the athletic world. Pound for pound, they
are unmatched in physical prowess. Controlling a racing Thoroughbred
requires a great deal of skill and strength. And, there is little room
for error during the close-run, high-speed races where implementing a
winning strategy makes the sport mentally as well as physically taxing.
Here is an in-depth look at the self-employed, independent contractor known
as the jockey and the all-encompassing culture of the racetrack. The book
details the qualities and abilities of a successful jockey, the transitory
nature of the sport, the constant battle with weight, financial motivation and
more. Interviews with over 100 jockeys including Pat Day, Earlie Fires and
Russell Baze give the reader an inside look.
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