Faces at the Races: Shannon Beauregard

Shannon Beauregard is the jockey version of the Horse Whisperer, a tough-as-nails competitor who walks the walk any time and any place. To the casual observer, it might seem, as she terms it, “a little bit weird.” To the 33-year-old rider, who has seen her fair share of injury — both mild and serious — it’s completely natural, a conversation between two athletes seeking the winning edge. “I definitely talk to the horses,” said the Quebec-born Beauregard. “It doesn’t matter where we happen to be, in post parade, around the first turn, battling down the stretch, or on our way back after the race is over, I’m talking to them. I’m sure some people think I’m crazy, but I truly feel a bond with every horse I ride.” It hasn’t been an easy road to 679 career wins for Beauregard. Injuries, some of which have sidelined her for longer than…

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