To the outsider, a jockey is just a small man or woman on average just over 5' in height and about 110 pounds, but in studies comparing jockeys to other professional athletes they are way above average in performance. Next to long-distance runners, jockeys did better than any other athletic group in cardiovascular endurance testing. Strength relative to body size for race riders was remarkable; especially upper body and leg strength. Their reflexes are amazing with a combination of speed and strength.
On average a jockey's career is about six years but most are cut short by injury of the constant battle with weight. But besides the physical requirements and limitations there are many intangibles that go into making a top jockey.
The opinions of some of the sports top jockeys are given: JORGE VELAZQUEZ, CHRIS McCARRON, LAFFIT PINCAY JR., and extensive interviews and highlights of the careers of EDDIE ARCARO, JOHNNY LONGDEN and WILLIE SHOEMAKER are shown.
Some of the sports biggest stars have come from such tiny nations as Panama and Puerto Rico: MANUEL YCAZA, BRAULIO BAEZA, LAFFIT PINCAY JR., JORGE VELAZQUEZ, and ANGEL CORDERO. And through the years there have been so many great jockeys: ISAAC MURPHY, TOD SLOAN, EARL SANDE, CHARLIE KURTSINGER, GEORGE WOOLF, TED ATKINSON, BILL HARTACK, STEVE CAUTHEN and JULIE KRONE just to barely name a few.
A salute to these much admired men and women is due; the strongest and most courageous pro athletes in sports. For those who do work hard, have the talent and racing luck...the rewards can be great.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|