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The Jockeys’ Room: Inside the Toughest Room in Sports

The ultra-competitive world of horseracing is the only professional sport that sees its stars fight for victory on the battlefield only to return to the same locker room when all is said and done. “It’s quite challenging and it can be hard to control your temper. Sometimes, you can end up in conflict with another rider,” said Richard Hamel, leading rider at Hastings Racecourse. And while the Clerk of the Scales is there to act as boss in the jocks’ room, with help from stewards representing the governing provincial body, Hamel says that, for the most part, the jockeys are able to police themselves. “None of us are over 115 pounds, so if two featherweights throw a few punches they won’t hurt themselves,” he said, laughing. “We keep most of the problems in house, but if it starts to get onto the track the stewards get involved. We all try…

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