Thoroughbred horse racing is a fantastic sport to watch. You go to the track or watch it on TV to cheer on your favorite horse and, of course, to bet on them.
For a horse to make it to the track in top form there is a lot of work done prior to the race by their trainers, handlers and owners. They are the ones who provide them with the tender-loving care they require.
But once they hit the track and get to the starting gate, it's all on their jockeys. There are things that can affect the horse during the race, but for the most part it will come down to what the jockey does that will be influential to the final outcome.
The top jockeys are very sought after, and their mere presence aboard a horse sometimes is enough to make you bet on an average horse you would've never even thought of.
There are many top jockeys in the world, but for this article I will limit it to the top jockeys in US racing.
There are many great jockeys right now that are not on the list such as Joel Rosario, Robbie Albarado, Martin Garcia, Joe Talamo, Cornelio Velazquez and Rosie Napravnik. They might be later on, but as of now the ones you'll see are to be considered the best in the business.
Let's take a look at the top jockeys in US thoroughbred racing.