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Jockey

(Jockey, Apprentice, Amateur)

Description:

Jockeys ride racehorses at the racetrack. They confer with the training personnel to plan the race strategy based on the abilities and peculiarities of all the horses in the competition. They mount the horse in the paddock area after weighing in, ride the horse to a specified stall in the starting gate, and ride from the starting gate to the finish line. After the race, they talk with training personnel to analyze the horse's performance.

Jockey Apprentice - Under the supervision of a trainer, Apprentice Jockeys ride racehorses at the racetrack. They confer with the training personnel to plan the race strategy based on the abilities and peculiarities of all the horses in the competition. They mount the horse in the paddock area after weighing in, ride the horse to a specified stall in the starting gate, and ride from the starting gate to the finish line. After the race, they talk with training personnel to analyze the horse's performance.

Certification Requirements:

An occupational license is required. Applicants must have good character and respect for the integrity of all participants. Every application is reviewed, updated and carefully processed by the Licensing unit before a license is issued.

Recertification Requirements:

Fingerprinting is required of each applicant. Where it is found that his/her participation in racing would be inconsistent with the public interest or the best interest of racing generally, a thorough investigation is conducted before unfavorable action is taken in the form of a denial, suspension or revocation of his/her license.

Age Requirements:

None

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

None

Fees:

None

Licenses Issued and Active:

  • From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, there were 267 issued for the occupation of Jockey.
  • From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, there were 282 issued for the occupation of Jockey.
  • From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, there were 32 issued for the occupation of Apprentice Jockey.
  • From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, there were 37 issued for the occupation of Apprentice Jockey.
  • From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, there were 1 issued for the occupation of Amateur Jockey.
  • From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, there were 1 issued for the occupation of Amateur Jockey.

Licensing Authority:

State of New York Racing and Wagering Board
1 Broadway Center, Suite 600
Schenectady, NY 12305-2553
Phone: (518) 395-5400
Fax: (518) 347-1250

Standard Occupational Classification:

27-2021.00 - Athletes and Sports Competitors
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