A Kentucky Derby jockey explains why changing horses is one of the hardest aspects of his job

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Hall of Fame and Kentucky Derby jockey Victor Espinoza said changing horses is one of the hardest parts of his job.
Espinoza said it isn’t hard to adjust to new horses — it’s hard not to get attached to them and have to change at a moment’s notice.
Espinoza said it only takes him a few minutes to get acquainted with a horse and that he sometimes sees them just once before big races.

Victor Espinoza will be riding Bolt d’Oro at the 2018 Kentucky Derby — a different horse than he rode in 2017, different than he rode in 2016, different than 2015 when he won it on American Pharoah, and so on.

Espinoza told Business Insider that this is one of the hardest aspects of his job, and not because of the rate of turnover. Instead, like most people, it’s hard not to get attached to the animals.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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