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A look at horse racing, from the jockey's point of view

The perception of the past and the promise of the future can sometimes be in conflict. To find out how that applies to horse racing, the Los Angeles Times gathered two Hall of Fame riders and two of the sport's best young jockeys to talk about how riding has changed and the issues jockeys face today.

The panel was made up of Eddie Delahoussaye, 67, who won more than 6,000 races, including five Triple Crown races and seven Breeders' Cup races; Laffit Pincay Jr., 71, who won more than 9,500 races, four Triple Crown races and seven Breeders' Cup races; Flavien Prat, 26, who has won almost 600 times and two Breeders' Cup races; and Drayden Van Dyke, 24, who has won almost 500 races.

The answers to the questions have been edited for clarity and brevity.


- What is different about how jockeys ride today?

Pincay: Right now is tough, because there are not as many horses. Owners are getting involved, and when owners get involved it makes it tougher on jockeys. And it makes it tougher on the trainer. A

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