Ride to Win: An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft, authored by award-winning turf writers Bob Fortus and Gary West, will be released to the public today. Presenting rare insights into Thoroughbred racing, the 281-page book has been in the works for three years and is based on more 100 interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners, jockey agents and stewards.
Some of the sport’s most accomplished jockeys and trainers, including 19 members of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, share information that will help the reader understand and appreciate the nuances of the jockey’s craft. The book explores everything that goes into winning a race, from the rider’s perspective.
“There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye,” Fortus said. “Our goal was to shed light on everything jockeys do to try to reach the winner’s circle – a complex, fascinating process. These are amazing athletes.”
How do jockeys land mounts? How do they plan strategy? What’s actually happening on the way to the starting gate? What are jockeys thinking and trying to do as a race unfolds. The book answers those questions and many more.
“Bob and Gary are both very knowledgeable of horse racing and excellent writers, and they have a love of our great sport,” said Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day. “This book, their collaborative work, is a testimony to that. It is an easy read and very understandable even for the casual fan, but longtime, hard-core racetrackers will thoroughly enjoy this also. A ‘must read.'”
The authors will be at Kentucky Downs on Saturday and Churchill Downs on Sunday to sign books. Signings at other tracks are being planned.
The book, published by JockeyTalk360, can be ordered here. The price is $20 plus shipping and handling. A portion of proceeds is dedicated to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.