Is the jockey or the trainer more important?

The trainer/jockey factors are about equal. Having the best trainer seems to be moderately more important than having the best jockey. But, both the trainer and jockey factors are much less important than the speed or earnings factors.

What percentage do trainers and jockeys get?

The winning horse’s owner takes home 62 percent of the purse, or $1.24 million. And the winning jockey gets 10 percent of that, or $124,000. That number will get shaved down to about $100,000 after paying his agent and valet, the person who gets the jockey’s gear in place.

How does a trainer pick a jockey?

With the condition book in hand, the jockey agent begins his work. He will study the book looking for races to get his jockey mounts. He then starts making calls to trainers and owners, asking about available rides, if they agree then the jockey is booked for that horse.

Who is the best trainer in horse racing?

Who are the best trainers in horse racing?

  • Vincent O’Brien. Formerly a very successful jumps trainer, O’Brien decided to focus solely on the flat in 1957 and his impact on flat racing was immeasurable thereafter.
  • Aidan O’Brien.
  • Mark Johnston.
  • Andre Fabre.
  • Todd Pletcher.
  • Willie Mullins.
  • Martin Pipe.
  • Paul Nicholls.

Do jockeys like their horses?

They develop incredibly strong bonds with the horses and a deep understanding of their traits and moods. There is anecdotal evidence from jockeys that they can recognise physical and behavioural traits that signal the needs and desires of the horse.

How much does a jockey influence a race?

In the average horse race a good jockey is worth about 75% of the race and the horse 25%. However, when you have great horses like Citation, Whirlaway, Native Dancer and Man o’ War, it’s usually the other way round. But even great horses can miss, if the jockey has a temporary lapse.

Who is the highest paid horse trainer?

Todd A. Pletcher

Rank Trainer Name Earnings
*1 Todd A. Pletcher $425,568,737
*2 Steven M. Asmussen $381,167,874
*3 Bob Baffert $331,304,975
*4 William I. Mott $308,194,176

How much does the average jockey weigh?

108 to 118 lb
The weight of a jockey usually ranges from 108 to 118 lb (49 to 54 kg). Despite their light weight, they must be able to control a horse that is moving at 40 mph (64 km/h) and weighs 1,190.5 lb (540.0 kg). Though there is no height limit for jockeys, they are usually fairly short due to the weight limits.

How do jockeys choose their silks?

Jockeys change their silks each race to reflect the owner of the horse they will be riding. When you see two of the same silks in one race, that means that both of the horses belong to the same owner. Each silks design is registered with the Jockey Club so that no two owners have the same silks.

Do jockeys talk during races?

Jockeys do talk to each other during races. The day after he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on The Dikler and celebrated into the early hours, a badly hungover Ron Barry only won a race at Uttoxeter thanks to two fellow jockeys shouting a warning to him and his mount every time they approached a hurdle.