After 5 years of breaking and exercising horses Gene was ready to ride his first race. It was 1966 at Green Mountain Park in Pownal, Vermont and the horse's name was "Slow Motion".
An apprentice jockey can ride 5 pounds lighter than the assigned weight. After age 25 this no longer applies. Gene 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.
Gene won The Daily Double in 1968 at Scarborough Downs in Maine. After a full day of riding at Rockingham Park, he rode two races at Scarborough. Gene felt "Red Glory" was afraid of the other horses, so he drove him out in front at the gate, and he just ran away from the field. Gene won both races by a neck. It was so foggy that night the fans couldn't see them until they came across the wire!
Dan joined Gene in his journey 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 Gene in Dan's silks although Gene never did ride for him.
A picture of Gene and Mel, his childhood friend, in the Jock's Room before a race at his annual Day at the Races.
Jockey Frank Tobin, is posing with the "World's Tallest Man", Eddie Carmel, back in the 1940's.