Joel Rosario

You always remember your first time, although jockeys don't find it a big deal

You always remember your first time, although jockeys don't find it a big deal

You would never think of buying a car without test driving it. Or when you go to the rental car counter, you’re often given a choice, so you pick the vehicle with which you’re most familiar.

So how is it that jockeys can get on a horse without ever having ridden or worked the animal and make it look like they are lifelong friends?

If you ask the best — and in this case, that’s Mike Smith — they will tell you it’s no big deal to have your butt on a horse for the very first time seconds after the “riders up” call.

Smith will be doing just that for the second straight Triple Crown race Saturday when he rides Gunnevera in the Preakness.

This will follow his ride on...

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