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Quotations about Jockeys

A jockey was nicknamed Sunshine, because he always came after the reins.
A jump jockey has to throw his heart over the fence - and then go over and catch it.
Dick Francis
Bill Shoemaker didn't ride a horse, he joined them,. Most riders beat horses as if they were guards in slave-labour camps. Shoe treated them as if he were asking them to dance.
Jim Murray Lot Angeles Times
Horses and jockeys mature earlier than people - which is why horses are admitted to racetracks at the age of two, and jockeys before they are old enough to shave.
Dick Beddoes
I have no intention of watching undersized Englishmen perched on horses with matchstick legs race along courses planned to amuse Nell Gwynn.
Gilbert Harding
I was young and fearless in those days, but always enjoyed riding at Cartmel. They used to call me 'Cartmellor', probably because I kept coming back on a stretcher.
Stan Mellor (1982)
I'm lucky because I have an athlete between my legs.
Willie Carson (1992)
It amazes me how well the majority of jump jockeys ride in a race until they've landed over the last, then how badly most of them ride a finish. Apart from a half-dozen, they look like coster boys sitting on top of donkeys' behinds, bashing about with shillelaghs.
Jack Leach A Rider in the Stand
Jockey (Flat):
An anorexic dwarf in bright colours who drives a large car with cushions on the seat and blocks on the pedals.
Jockey (Jump):
Punch-drunk, nobbly, occasionally hot-headed individual who must be as stupid as he looks to take 100 times as many risks as the flat counterpart for one hundredth of the rewards.
My horse was in the lead, coming down the home stretch, but the caddie fell off.
Samuel Goldwyn
On his varied workload- I'm riding out for every stable bar Bethlehem at the moment
On receiving his knighthood- Mother always told me my day was coming, but I never realised I'd end up being the shortest knight of the year.
Sir Gordon Richards
Recapping his career- 470 winners and 5000 losers
Richard Pitman
There are, they say, fools, bloody fools and men who remount in a steeplechase.
John Oaksey
Willie Carson, riding his 180th winner of the season, spent the last two furlongs looking over one shoulder then another, even between his legs, but there was nothing there to worry him.
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