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Female jockeys have to work much harder to prove themselves to the racehorse owners and trainers. They must show that they are just as strong and have just as good of reflexes as male jockeys. Learn about how successful female jockeys make it in horse racing with information from a former professional jockey in this free video on jockeys.
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Hi, my name is Frank Lovato Junior, and I was a professional jockey. So often I will have young female girls that want to be jockeys and just to give you - for anyone that wants to be a jockey - this is a difficult task, but if you're a female, it may be just a little extra difficult and the reason being is that in a male dominating sport, just like any type of sport, the females are going to have to prove to the owners and trainers that - and sometimes even stronger than the males have to - they have to prove that they are as strong, as fit, that their reflexes are as good, that they're both physically and emotionally as strong as any male. And unfortunately it's just a part of human nature I believe but I think that the owners and trainers are going to look for any weaknesses that you may have as a female opposed to a male, because you are a female. So there's been many females that have proven that they can do the job and I believe that myself. I think that females have been a great contribution to this sport of thoroughbred racing, and I think that basically you're just going to have to prove just a little extra harder that you're both physically and emotionally as strong as any male. So that's my best advice if you're a female and want to be a jockey.