So my dream of being a jockey may still be alive…
Kentucky Derby: Do Horse Races Really Need Jockeys? – WSJ.com
Under the rules of racing, a horse that loses its rider during a race is either listed as a non-starter or a non-finisher or is automatically listed as coming in last. To the establishment, the idea of a horse crossing the wire alone is just about as preposterous as a jockey trotting to the finish without a mount.
But anyone who happened to see Elle’s Vision on that Sunday at Aqueduct couldn’t have helped being impressed by the effortlessness of the horse’s stride and shared some of the thrill of what was clearly a wild romp. They might have been tempted to ask themselves a radical question—one that would cause a lot of ears to perk up at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby: Are jockeys in thoroughbred racing really necessary?