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.
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.