HBO just showed a special on the lives of jockeys, and, as I suspected, jockeys live lives of desperation. Randy Romero, who brought the filly Personal Ensign to her signature win in the Distaff race, was the symbol of what jockeys undergo just to “feel like a king” on the back of a horse with wings for feet. The documentary featured the kidney transplant that this man, after 21 previous operations, couldn’t afford. He, like many other jockeys, practised bulimia on a meal-by-meal basis, endured “hot box” bathing (in which the water is heated to 106 or 107 degrees F.), and was instrumental in bringing up the standard weight for jockeys.
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