2011 Preakness Stakes Favorites: 5 Jockeys to Watch on Race Day

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2011 Preakness Stakes Favorites: 5 Jockeys to Watch on Race Day
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On Monday, I gave you some horses worth considering if you are looking to make a straight bet.

Today, I am going to change things up a bit.  To the casual racing fan, the outcome of a race depends solely on the horses.  In reality, that isn't the case.

Another important part of horse racing is the jockeys and the job they do guiding these horses around the track.  They are there with them every stride they take.  They are the ones who position them both succeed as well as fail.  Horse racing is one of the most dangerous sports there is, and jockeys literally put their life on the line every time they mount a horse and head out to the track.  And unlike other star athletes, they rarely get noticed.

So now that I have showered jockeys with a little well-deserved love, here are a few to keep an eye on this Saturday during the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes.

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