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:
On Tuesday we strapped two GoPro cameras to the helmets of two jockeys at Fairmount Park. Check out the footage.
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: