Industry Focuses on Protecting Jockeys and Mounts

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Industry Focuses on Protecting Jockeys and Mounts
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Long before he gets on a thoroughbred, Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze pulls out his iPad and watches video footage of the horse's most recent races. He checks the Racing Form to see who he's facing and looks for idiosyncracies among the other horses, such as a tendency to make sudden stops or move to the side. If any of these preparations result in a safer race for the 53-year-old rider, it's all the better — but that's not his intent. For a jockey who has won more than 11,650 races and in nearly 50,000 starts, safety is second nature and actually thinking about it can be a distraction.

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