Talk to most of the jockeys around your local racetrack, and you’ll find that they’ve taken one of a few paths to get to where they are. They grew up around horses; they started riding at a young age; they attended a jockey academy.
Talk to jockey Samantha Colvin, and you’ll get quite a different story.
The 26-year-old from Williamsport, Pennsylvania didn’t get near a horse until she was in her early 20’s; she didn’t get on one until a couple of years later. And on May 2, at age 28, she got her first win when she piloted Rocket Ninetyeight to victory in the first race at Pimlico. It was her fifth career mount.
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