Jockey Jose Ferrer leads the Monmouth Park jockey standings with 9 wins as a result far, and spoke this 7 days to Horse Racing Country about the New Jersey Racing Commission’s whip regulations. The strictest in the state, the restrictions let jockeys to only utilize the whip for factors of basic safety, but to not motivate the horse to run more rapidly.
Quite a few riders, including Monmouth’s perennial primary jockey Joe Bravo, have preferred not to return to New Jersey less than the new laws, citing basic safety problems.
“At the beginning I was a small fearful, a tiny concerned, but then when I started out riding I felt at ease out there,” Ferrer advised HRN. “We are all in the similar boat. It truly is not like this man can hit and this guy are not able to. I have informed the men, it’s a unique variety of driving now. We have to protect each other a tiny extra. It’s doable, you just have to be a minor more watchful.”
Ferrer has observed a way to win devoid of the driving crop, and said there is certainly no discernable bias in conditions of racing style, but he extra that some lazier horses have been “barely blowing” when coming back again to be unsaddled.
“You will not likely see the greatest functionality out of these animals — that’s what is actually definitely likely to damage our activity right here in New Jersey in the very long run,” Ferrer discussed. “We mentor these horses, that closing quarter mile, faucet them on the shoulders and permit them know, ‘We have to go.’ It truly is time for 110 p.c. Horses really don’t understand language. You won’t be able to just tell them, hey let us go. That is what we’re really heading to miss.”
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