by Alicia Wincze Hughes for the Blood-Horse

Edgard Zayas makes it all sound so simple.

As the 24-year-old jockey recalls what inspired him to take up his vocation, it is stark how uncomplicated the circumstances were. He grew up minutes away from the racetrack near his hometown of Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. He didn’t come from a racing family or riding background, but he always took joy away from his encounters with the equine athletes during trips to the track with his grandfather.

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