Sorry if I already missed the discussion, but did anyone else watch this? I couldn't believe how beautiful the horses looked. I guess I am used to browsing the rescue sites where they aren't all glammed up for the track.
The whole show fails for me. Way too much time spent "re-capping" what just happened before the commercial break. Scant little time spent on what jockeys actually do. I want to know how they interact with the horses, trainers, owners and how they orchestrate their JOBS. Not as interested in their personal lives or how big their closet is.
I would enjoy more "saddle cam" to give me an idea of what it feels like to ride one of those galloping torpedos in a cluster. Hearing the jockey's opinions would be interesting too.
Reality shows just spend too much time showing the most sensational footage over and over set to grinding rock music leaving less than 10 minutes to show any real substance.
PA, where the State motto is: "If it makes sense, we don't do it!".
If you're disappointed with this show I would suggest firing off a letter or an email about it to the Animal Planet people or the folks who produced it. I, too, think they are missing out on some interesting "stuff" about being a jockey and a rider--of course, there is still more to come.... Maybe some of our questions will be answered....
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I watched the reality show "Jockeys" the other night. With out a doubt, the horses were beautiful to look at, but the show only skimmed the surface of racing. My opinion is that it glamourized the sport and did not truthfully reflect the dark side of racing. Of course, it probably won't take an honest look into what is done to the horses that aren't big stakes winners or the lives of the jockeys, grooms and other individuals who work at the track. However, I am glad to see a show featuring horses being aired.
Animal Planet does that with a lot of its shows -- taking too long to summarize what happened before the commercial break. It's not just in this one. All of their Animal Cops shows are like that, too.
Plus, they're promoting this show as exciting with danger, so that's why they showed a couple of spills in one thirty second promo. After all, the show's tagline is "Win or Die Trying."
However, I believe they misread their potential audience. Horse people will shy away because of the footage of the spills, even if those are the only two in the entire series and the horse's weren't seriously injured.
I think part of the problem is the "reality" show format. Instead of winning a record contract, like on Idol, the jockeys are basically competing to get to the Breeders Cup. So, it's more of a competition show than a documentary.
Still, despite all the things that annoy me about the show, I'll be watching again Friday night.
In a feeble effort to conserve, DH cut back on our programming and we no longer get AP. Glad to know it's not worth the drive to a friend's I would have to make to see it. I'll wait and watch it on Hulu.
3. "Jockeys" debuted on Animal Planet last week and managed to show 26 incidents of horses going down, running loose in the stable area or flailing in the starting gate amongst its first 60 minutes. For the record, the entire Oak Tree meeting (at which the series was filmed) had a grand total of just two horses go down on the track from 1,865 starters. Thanks, TV peeps, for fictionally fanning a negative overtone for a sport that doesn't need your help.
That's an injury rate per start of 0.001072386 [or 0.107%]