After 5 years of breaking and exercising horses I was ready to ride my first race. It was 1966 at Green Mountain Park in Pownal, Vermont and his name was "Slow Motion".
An apprentice jockey can ride 5 pounds lighter than the assigned weight. After age 25 this no longer applies. I was 26 and lost that advantage. On the track it was known as losing the "Bug". See the asterick next to the weight for #2.
I won The Daily Double in 1968 at Scarborough Downs in Maine. After a full day of riding at Rockingham Park, I rode two races at Scarborough. I felt "Red Glory" was afraid of the other horses, so I drove him out in front at the gate, and he just ran away from the field. I won both races by a neck. It was so foggy that night the fans couldn't see us until we came across the wire!
Dan joined me in my career to be a jockey but he was too big so he decided to train. Here is one of Dan's win pictures and a picture of me in his silks although I never did ride for him.
A picture of me and Mel, my childhood friend, in the Jock's Room before a race at my annual Day at the Races.
My friend, jockey Frank Tobin, is posing with the "World's Tallest Man", Eddie Carmel, back in the 1940's.