West Virginia Jockeys Busted For Being Too Fat

Many of you might know the story about the eating habits of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, who used to control his weight by having a single peanut for lunch. Needless to say, weight is an issue for jockeys, since even an extra ounce can be the difference between winning or losing by a nose. Which is why cheating the scales is generally considered a big no-no, and why BLOODHORSE says seven jockeys were recently suspended from riding in West Virginia.

Shaq as a jockey

(Shaq is probably not making weight.)

However, two of the jockeys were allowed to ride in races after a court issued a temporary restraining order allowing jockeys Anthony Mawing and Larry Reynolds to ride. The judge in the case said that it would cause “irrepairable harm” if they were not allowed to race, partially because of the damage it would do to their careers but also because the judge had a hot tip on an exacta in the seventh race and really needed them to ride.

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Cheerleaders: Someone Beat Brooks To Big Idea

Let me close my portion of things today with some words about CHEER, a new book that chronicles a year in the life of several cheerleaders. Seriously, Brooks: asleep at the wheel.

Cheer!

NPR recently interviewed author Kate Torgovnick about the book, which follows several different college cheerleaders at a close distance. The book description, while interesting, also reveals a world of missed opportunity. Read more…