Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-Boiled Sports

Date: 05 Apr 2000

As a horse racing fan myself, I have to comment on this one.

Those jockeys may be little, but most folks consider them the strongest professional athletes out there. Small men and occasionally women, often fasting and purging to keep their weight down, riding atop and controlling a ton or so of fast-moving horseflesh in very tight quarters: this isn't a job for sissies.

Besides, most jockeys are from the great underclass. At the top of the professional level are lots of Cajun jockeys who learned their skill in illegal match races in the backwoods, as well as a long of Hispanics, both from this country and from other countries. Not too many bluebloods in the lot.

They also come back from life-threatening injuries to ride again within amazingly short periods of time (at least the lucky ones do). In the U.S., at least, an ambulance follows the field of horses around the track. What other sport to you know of where that occurs?

Teri (a fan of hard-boiled jockeys)

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