World’s Best Jockey 2021
Discipline, determination, hard work and competitiveness are necessary personality traits for an elite athlete, and to be a jockey, add courage, strength, balance, lightning-fast reflexes and a relationship with a thousand-pound animal. Some people think a racehorse does all the work and a jockey is just a passenger, but the truth is that both are elite athletes working as a team.
The glitz, glamour and big money of the Kentucky Derby or Saratoga elude most jockeys. Very few earn millions or participate in the Kentucky Derby and become household names. Unlike the multi-million dollar salaries of other professional athletes, typical jockeys travel five or six days a week in all types of weather, from extreme heat to bitter cold, pouring rain, and only earn between $35 and $100 per race. They may participate in six to seven races per card, and in Pennsylvania, a winning jockey receives 10% of the owner’s purse, and second and third place receive 5% of the owner’s purse.
World’s best rider 2020
When you ride a half-ton animal that rides at 60 kilometers per hour you have to be able to hold your horse back. Riders, like their mounts, follow a strict exercise regimen and the result is a well-balanced and healthy body.
Here, on-site trainer, former basketball player Yariv Kam, oversees fitness tests, squat routines (against the wall and standing on swinging cushions), sets of crunches against the clock, elastic band exercises and the dreaded “plank.”
Most are naturally lean and light, so their exercise regimens don’t focus on losing weight, although the magnitude of intensive training and racing helps them keep the weight off.
The British Racing School also helps riders eat a balanced diet through the advice of nutritionists. There is also a recipe book for riders that contains calorie-counted recipes such as Mexican-style rice and beans and spicy sausage casserole.
Riders are constantly exposed to the risks of their profession. Rides and falls of the horse are part of the activity. The consequences of these can even be fatal or with irrecoverable injuries and/or sequels.
In our equestrian history we must lament the death of several riders as a result of rolling in race or morning work, as well as we have several riders in wheelchairs due to injuries suffered in accidents in the race track or work. To these we must add those who had better luck, and although they did not die or were left in wheelchairs, they have serious injuries that prevent them from continuing racing.
The life of a horseman
To understand how and when it began, we will go back in time, to 4500 BC. AD, when nomadic tribes domesticated horses for the first time. They were used for work, war and pleasure, and when we say pleasure, we mean racing.
Meanwhile, during the same 18th century, British emigrants brought horses and horse racing to America. It is interesting to note that the first American racetrack was built in 1665 on Long Island. Motor racing as a sport was officially recognized after the Civil War in 1868.By 1890, there were 314 racetracks in the United States. This rapid growth brought the criminal aspect to racing and the need for an American National Jockey Club, which was founded in 1894 by the major racetrack and stable owners.
It is interesting to mention that he won this title 5 times in his entire career. In 1990 he retired and decided to train horses, but a tragic car accident left him paralyzed below the neck. Between 1950 and 1990, during his active career, he won the three classic races in the United States, the 1987 Breeders ‘Cup Classic, the Del Mar Handicap, the Oak Three Invitational Handicap, the Santa Anita Derby, the Hollywood Gold Cup and many more.