Being a jockey isn't a long-term profession for very many riders, as struggles with weight and injuries take their toll after a couple of decades. South Florida rider Gary Bain doesn't seem to have gotten that memo, however.
At age 66, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes the grandfather of six is still going–and winning. Bain grew up in the Bahamas, where his father and brother were both jockeys, and started riding in Nassau. When the track there closed, Bain came to Florida and continued his career, which now totals over 1,100 wins in over 14,000 races.
“I feel like I'm 66 going on 19,” Bain told writer Dave Hyde.
Bain has been lucky enough to only fallen twice in his whole career, and only suffer serious injuries one of those times, when he broke his collarbone, six ribs, and punctured both lungs. He observes a careful diet and exercise program to keep his weight down and although he doesn't get as many mounts as he used to, Bain says he'll keep going as long as he can.
Read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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