Ride to Win: An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft by Bob Fortus and Gary West (Paperback)


The new book by Bob Fortus and Gary West explores everything that goes into winning a race from the rider’s perspective. 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.

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“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.”


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“This book, by two of the finest racing writers of our time, is so insightful it all but gives readers a leg up onto the back of a racehorse.” – Tom Pedulla (President, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters)

Ride to Win is the definitive work on the craft of race-riding. Never before has a book delved so deeply into every aspect of what a jockey does, from securing a mount, to preparing for the race to making split-second decisions in mid-stride. And it doesn’t hurt that the stories are told by two of America’s finest turf writers in Bob Fortus and Gary West. The scores of jockeys interviewed share never-before-heard memories and open up in ways that they would never do for anyone less than the sport’s most trusted and highly regarded scribes.” – Jim Mulvihill (Director of Media Relations, NTRA)

“A must-read for any young jockey, not just once, but several times. Their contributors for this piece were race-riding masters.  Fortus and West brilliantly explain the many different situations that may occur in any race.  They stress the importance of not being in a bad place in a race; in which, location, location, location are usually all important.  This book emphasizes just how difficult race-riding can be and how jockeys must be athletic, brave, and skillful.” – Michael Dickinson (Owner/Trainer, Tapeta™ Farm)

“I received this wonderful book on Tuesday and after work on Wednesday I decided to take a little look but once I stated reading it I just could not stop. I especially loved chapter 3 Planning and strategy and the insight by Jerry Bailey. The writing by Bob Fortus and Gary West was award winning to say the least. This will be a great Christmas gift for anyone who bets or just loves horse racing.” – Richard Saber (GamingToday.com)

“What a great read. This is a personal, revealing exploration into the craft of seasoned jockeys. In the annals of horse racing books written over the decades, Ride to Win is unique.” – Dick Downey (TheDowneyProfile.com)



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