A fascinating read about a jockey’s fall at the starting gate. Dean Butler is a longtime friend who rode in the Mid-Atlantic for many years. He’s in the twilight of his career now but has spent several decades in the middle rungs of the jockey colonies around the country.
I had to smile after reading this and viewing the photos – no doubt the trainer of this horse told Dean to be on the lead going into the first turn!
Early on in our company’s existence, I vowed we’d rarely affix blame to a jockey for a loss. It’s simple, stuff happens. This stance has helped us through the years.
Think about the risk faced by riders every time they are legged up in the paddock. The toughest and most dangerous job in professional sports — being a jockey.
Enjoy the read.