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...and They'Re Off! Animal Planet Exposes the Most Dangerous Two Minutes in Sports in New Horse Racing Docu-Drama Jockeys
The new reality series kicks off Friday, February 6 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from Animal Planet]

...And They're Off! Animal Planet Exposes the Most Dangerous Two Minutes in Sports in New Horse Racing Docu-Drama JOCKEYS

- It's High Stakes and High Drama When JOCKEYS premieres Friday, February 6, at 9 PM -

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 22 -- Get ready for the ride of your life. Nearly 10 times a day during the famous 30-day Oak Tree Meet at the Santa Anita Race Track, the world's most skilled jockeys and the boldest thoroughbreds line up at the gate to compete for big bucks or go home broke, risking life and limb in their quest for glory. Competition comes from across the country and the world in search of elusive winnings all for the love of horse racing. Minutes before the race, the jockeys clad in their colorful "silks" mount up. They sometimes have as little as 10 minutes to bond with their horses, each relying on the other for success and survival.

Premiering Friday, February 6, at 9 PM ET/PT, Animal Planet presents JOCKEYS, a docu-soap chronicling the lives and careers of seven 112-pound jockeys and their 1,200-pound horses. See who crosses the finish line first in the quest to win a share of more than 35 million dollars in purse money at the prestigious Oak Tree Meet. Sixty-eight years ago at Oak Tree, the infamous Seabiscuit saw his final victory, and now, these seven jockeys and their horses aspire to make history as well.

"The world of the race track is complex and controversial. Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the country, and this series is charged with the high stakes, big risks, strong personalities and drama of the sport on and off the track," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. "The lives of these jockeys and their mounts are on the line in every race. It's an intense existence that makes for exciting television."

Cameras take viewers on and off the track -- from their homes to the jock's room where we see how these athletes physically and emotionally prepare for each race. At the starting gate, the anxious energy of the horse and jockey must be contained within their stall. With jockeys and horses fatally injured each year, the ambulance engines are on and ready for action at a moment's notice. In the stands, revelers wait with baited breath to see which horse-and-rider team takes the lead...and if everyone finishes safely.

The drama for these jockeys doesn't end when the race is finished. Off the track, gorgeous jockey Chantal Sutherland makes the emotional decision to leave her family in Canada for California to be closer to her boyfriend fellow jockey Mike Smith and ride at Santa Anita racetrack. Joe Talamo's high school girlfriend ponders whether or not she can be in a relationship where each phone call could mean Joe has had a bone-breaking -- or worse -- deadly fall. Family man Aaron Gryder worries that his children will grow up afraid that their daddy can be hurt at any given moment, but he's driven by finding the next horse that will take him to "the big time."

Audiences get to know the lives of these seven jockeys, their personalities, strengths and flaws. They all have big dreams and even bigger egos and are determined to cross the finish line first -- every time.

THE ICON -- Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is a living legend and a fan favorite. His fierce riding style and stringent pre-race ritual has earned him a shaman-like reputation among fellow jockeys.

THE HOTSHOT -- Joe Talamo may be young, but he already has taken the racing world by storm earning nearly $4 million in purse money in one racing season.

THE BREAKOUT FEMALE STAR -- Canadian jockey star Chantal Sutherland is a woman who's dominating the tracks. And, because she's dating fellow jockey Mike Smith, it puts her in competition with the man she loves. Can they make this work?

THE WORKING MAN -- Aaron Gryder is credited with more than 3,000 career wins and is motivated by supporting his family.

THE ELDER STATESMAN -- After racing more than 30 years, Jon Court is the consummate veteran, and he has no plans to quit.

THE NEW GIRL -- Fresh-faced Kayla Stra is racing gold in her native land of Australia, but only time will tell if she has what it takes to be a success in the US.

THE COMEBACK KID -- Alex Solis bounced back after a broken back injury nearly took his life. He's been to the winner's circle 4,000 times, but he's yet to be inducted into the Jockey Hall of Fame.

For these jockeys, everything they have is riding on the next 30 days at the Oak Tree Meet, which leads up to some of the most important races of the season -- The Breeders' Cup, two days of high stakes racing that can canonize a rider's career.

"So little is known about what goes into becoming a jockey, but these athletes couldn't triumph without the strength, speed and spirit of their equine partners," says Kaplan. "I think audiences will be surprised by what unfolds throughout the series."

Jason Carey is executive producer for Animal Planet on JOCKEYS. Liz Bronstein, Tina Gazzerro and Gary Auerbach are executive producers for Go Go Luckey.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 95 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.





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