THE ICON Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is a living legend and a fan favorite. His fierce riding style and stringent pre-race ritual has earned him a shaman-like reputation among fellow jockeys.
THE HOTSHOT Joe Talamo may be young, but he already has taken the racing world by storm earning nearly $4 million in purse money in one racing season.
THE BREAKOUT FEMALE STAR Canadian jockey star Chantal Sutherland is a woman who’s dominating the tracks. And, because she’s dating fellow jockey Mike Smith, it puts her in competition with the man she loves. Can they make this work?
THE WORKING MAN Aaron Gryder is credited with more than 3,000 career wins and is motivated by supporting his family.
THE ELDER STATESMAN After racing more than 30 years, Jon Court is the consummate veteran, and he has no plans to quit.
THE NEW GIRL Fresh-faced Kayla Stra is racing gold in her native land of Australia, but only time will tell if she has what it takes to be a success in the US.
THE COMEBACK KID Alex Solis bounced back after a broken back injury nearly took his life. He’s been to the winner’s circle 4,000 times, but he’s yet to be inducted into the Jockey Hall of Fame.
For these jockeys, everything they have is riding on the next 30 days at the Oak Tree Meet, which leads up to some of the most important races of the season The Breeders’ Cup, two days of high stakes racing that can canonize a rider’s career.