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Old 04-16-2015, 01:49 AM   #1
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Who was your favorite jockey when you started playing?

Who was the jock who maybe won your first race you played or the jockey who you followed at first and they just did a great job on a consistent basis.

For me it Jorge Chavez. I always loved him on a front running horse. A lot of times he would put the field to sleep behind him and then take off in the stretch.

I remember him riding Doctor Disaster. He'd blaze out front and try and hold on. Always didn't get there every time but it was definitely exciting.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:56 AM   #2
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Pat Day, and his brother-in-law Ray Sibille...although I strongly suspected that Pat would sometimes let Ray win in order to keep peace in the family.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:01 AM   #3
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Well I guess peace in the family is a better then winning sometimes.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:17 AM   #4
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Steve Cauthen (even though he had such a short career as a rider in the States), both because I was living in New York when he came to prominence, and because he rode his first winner at River Downs in Cincinnati (where I had grown up). I still remember the outraged letters that Sports Illustrated received after they named him as (to me) the obvious choice for their "Sportsman of the Year" for 1977, from uninformed people asking questions such as, "How you can consider a jockey to be an athlete?"
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:24 AM   #5
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I go way back - Bobby Ussery circa 1960 coming down Ussery's Alley at the Big A.
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:07 AM   #6
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Ken Coppernol at a B track in the 1950's.
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:51 AM   #7
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Honestly never thought about Jocks for the first 10 years of playing the ponies.

Didn't think that much of Trainers either.

I was purely a math guy, and had it all figured out.

But honestly, the first jock I paid attention to was JV.

Oh what a wicked web we weave....
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:53 AM   #8
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:19 AM   #10
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Laffit Pincay back in the 70's and later in Southern California. With him you could count on a well timed and persistent ride all the way to the finish. He always seemed to win the photos.
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:35 AM   #11
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During my first racetrack visits as a young teenager I really did not pay much attention to jockeys and had no real favorites but I do recall watching Braulio Baeza and Bill Hartack riding in some of the first big races I attended.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:06 AM   #12
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:33 AM   #13
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Eddie Maple, he brought home some big scores for me
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:45 AM   #14
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