Jockey: The Rider's Life in American Thoroughbred Racing

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786428199
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/6/2006
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 1,241,658
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott A. Gruender is an associate member of the National Turf Writers Association and lives in Renton, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    A must read for all horseracing fans!

    Jockey is a wonderful book. I would recommend any fan of the sport to pick it up and read what this author has to say about the life of a jockey. I would say that anyone from the hardcore to the occasional spectator could take something away from this title. Jockey brings a whole new outlook to the world of horseracing, one that many of us take for granted. This title takes you from the beginning stages of a jockey¿s life through an entire career and beyond. It shares with the reader wonderful successes and horrendous lows yet beyond all of this it seems these men and women would not trade their career for anything else in the world. Jockey is an magnificent illustration of the true life of these athletes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Amazing New Author!

    This book was a real eye-opener for people in the Horse-racing business. So many things in this book you would have never known. Each chapter is informational, yet excilerating. I reccomend this book to anyone who loves Horse racing, or even Horses in General.

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