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Why Do Jockeys Hit Horses? Does Whipping Make It Run Faster?

Recently, we had a group discussion concerning why jockeys hit horses, and if it makes them run faster. Although the conversation was thorough, no consensus was reached, so I did some research to learn more. Jockeys hit horses during a race to encourage them to run faster to win their race. But a recent study …

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How Tall Are Jockeys, and How Much Do Jockeys Weigh?

Jockeys are easy to spot at the race track; they wear bright colored tops with white pants and are the smallest people at the track. But unless you have the opportunity to stand next to one, it’s difficult to gauge their height and weight. The average horseracing jockey 5’2″ tall and weighs 113 lbs, well …

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Where Do the Best Jockeys In the World Come From?

It’s fun to listen to the different accents of the Jockeys and try to determine where they’re from. Jockeys come from all over the world, but is there a dominant region that produces the best jockeys? The best jockeys come from Latin America, and it accounts for the highest percentage of top Jockeys in the …

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Why Jockeys Wear Silks and 12 other Horse Jockey Facts.

During our recent visit to the racetrack, my grandson noticed the jockeys wearing different colored silk shirts than they wore in earlier races. Seeing this prompted him to ask why do jockeys have to wear silks. Jockeys are required to wear the horse owner’s silks. The horses’ owner registers the silks’ pattern and color with …

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