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Courier Journal – “We bet all the Kentucky Derby winnings that you’re not as fit as a jockey”

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LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL INTERVIEW WITH KIRBY ADAMS, ON APRIL 6, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: MATT STONE, COURIER JOURNAL)

Read through the race program this week at Churchill Downs and you’ll see plenty of information on the horses and trainers but not much detail on the jockeys. Nothing about how much weight the jockey can bench press or how fast he or she can run a 50-yard sprint. But it’s actually information you might want to know. Why? Simple. A super fit jockey can impact how the horse performs. “Because at the end of the day, it’s the endurance of the jockey who carries the tired horse across the wire,” said retired jockey Donna Barton Brothers. Pound for pound, jockeys may be small in stature but they have enormous…

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