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Jockey

(Jockey, Apprentice)

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:

  • In 2013, there were 269 issued for the occupation of Jockey.
  • In 2013, there were 51 issued for the occupation of Apprentice Jockey.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Gaming Commission
PO Box 7500
Schenectady, New York 12301-7500
Phone: (518) 388-3300

Standard Occupational Classification:

27-2021.00 - Athletes and Sports Competitors
To learn more about this occupation go to the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 7/8/14.

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