Jockey Rey Gutierrez shares with America's Best Racing what it's like to be a jockey competing in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The ABR Team was lucky enough to catch up with Rey ahead of his first time riding in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
In this interview, Rey shares his journey to becoming a jockey. After going to school for exercise physiology, Rey realized an entry level job wouldn't pay back his student loans, so he turned horse racing as a more lucrative career path.
Ahead of the race, Rey makes sure to get a feel for how the competitors position themselves and how they finish. From there, he heads to the jockey exercise room to warm up before competing in the Breeders' Cup race. Rey is passionate about being a jockey and shares that he is going to keep riding until he can't ride anymore.
Rey hits the track with filly Hidden Connection with high hopes for a successful race in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. The jockey and racehorse compete against tremendous competitors and because of a poor start to the race, the duo comes in fourth.
After the race, Rey is in good spirits despite not getting the results. While horse racing might not be like playing PlayStation where you can hit a button and just go, Rey is happy to be riding again tomorrow.
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