Why do racehorses need jockeys?

The diminutive athletes who ride thoroughbreds at the Kentucky Derby and other horse races admit that they play just a small role in each event. But while horses in other parts of the world have been trained to race without riders (and robots have replaced jockeys in camel races), racing experts claims thoroughbreds are so fast (up to 35 mph/56 kph) that they require some human guidance to get around the turns. Indeed, horses that buck their riders at the start of a race will usually stop once they reach the first turn. Jockeys also develop deep relationships with their horses, keeping them calm during the hectic events of race day.


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