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Because of the size requirements, very few riders are actually small and strong enough to pursue a professional career as a jockey and, among those who do meet the size requirements, the competition is keen for the top horses. Also, vast sums of money are often riding on the outcome of a particular race. As a result, the jockey faces a great deal of on-the-job stress and pressure. It is one thing knowing that you placed a dollar bet on a particular race; it is quite another thing to know that your employer has placed a bet worth millions.

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