Take a ride with a jockey

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - Horse racing history could be made Saturday in NewsChannel 5 as California Chrome tries to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

Speaking of horse racing, Frank Cusumano spent some time at Fairmount Park Racetrack for a look at what a jockey has to endure.

They navigate 1,000 to 1,200 pound animals in rush hour traffic and they weigh as much as a seventh grader. Often, they break more bones than loan shark. They are jockeys. You will see them on national TV Saturday, but we saw them at Fairmount Park Tuesday.

Forty-seven-year-old Uriel Lopez is 5'2" and weighs 112 pounds. He can't get enough of the high of being a jockey.

Thirty-year-old Siggy Goalieberzook is 5'7" tall and weighs 115 pounds. He also loves his profession.

To get a real feel for a jockey's life we put a camera on Lopez's helmet and another above the right ear of Goalieberzook.

Check out the raw video of the race:

Neither finished in the money in this particular race, but both say it depends on the horse and about decision-making in the saddle.

Because of inter-tracking waging, the jockeys at Fairmount know there could be hundreds of people across the country betting on them, and when they win, they say, for a minute, they are heroes.

Here's the equipment we used to get this amazing video:


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