Jockeys (TV series)

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Genre Sports
Directed by John Chester
Presented by Trevor Denman
Narrated by Eric Head
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19
Executive producer(s) Liz Bronstein
Tina Gazzerro
Gary Auerbach
Producer(s) Jennifer Mullen
Paul Boese
John Chester
Patrick Deluca
Jeff Girion
Location(s) Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California
Editor(s) Yvette Mangassarian
Sunny Bresin
Frank Lagnese
Joseph McCasland
Eric Myerson
Renaldo Romero
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Go Go Luckey Entertainment
Distributor Discovery Communications
Original network Animal Planet
Original release February 6 (2009-02-06) – October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02)
External links
Production website

Jockeys is an American documentary sports reality television series that premiered on February 6, 2009 on Animal Planet. The series chronicles the professional lives of jockeys during the famous thirty-day Oak Tree Meet at Santa Anita Park. First and second season episodes aired on Friday nights.

The second season, which premiered on August 21, 2009 added Corey Nakatani and Garrett Gomez to the featured jockeys while Jon Court departed to race in Kentucky.

The taglines of the show are:

  • "Win or Die Trying" for season 1 and
  • "To Win It All You Have to Risk It All" for season 2.

"Stronger" by Kanye West is used as the theme song.

Featured jockeys[edit]


  • Mike E. Smith – A veteran and Hall of Fame jockey
  • Chantal Sutherland – Her move from Canada to California to continue her relationship with Mike Smith serves as a dramatic subplot in the series. Sutherland's struggles as a female jockey trying to break into a man's world is a key plot point.
  • Joe Talamo – A young and successful jockey. The series chronicles how he handles success at a young age.
  • Aaron Gryder – A veteran hard-working family man who has never won the big race but continues to press on.
  • Jon Court – A 30-year veteran still chasing his dreams.
  • Kayla Stra – A young Australian trying to break into the US racing world.
  • Alex Solis – Solis is trying to recover from a broken back injury.
  • Corey Nakatani – Breaks his collarbone in a fall early in the Oak Tree Meet in Season 1. His comeback his chronicled in Season 2.
  • Garrett Gomez – Featured in the various episodes in Season 1 and was introduced as the nation's hottest jockey. He becomes a featured jockey in Season 2.


  • Iggy Puglisi – While not billed as a featured jockey in the series, Puglisi is a major focus in Season 2's second episode as he attempts to come back from a broken back injury.
  • Brandon Meier – Brandon is the son of successful jockey Randall Meier.
  • Gary Stevens – Featured in various episodes, he rides in the Jockey Living Legends race
  • Sandy Hawley – Hawley wins the Jockey Living Legends race aboard Tribal Chief.
  • Julie Krone – Featured in the Jockey Living Legends episode, Krone's status as the world's best female jockey is juxtaposed against Chantal's storyline.
  • Angel Cordero Jr – Featured in the Jockey Living Legends episode.
  • Pat Day, featured in the Jockey Living Legends episode.
  • Rafael Bejarano – Featured in various episodes.
  • Eibar Coa, cameos in the first two episodes.
  • Edgar Prado – Cameos in the first two episodes.


Season 1 (2009)[edit]

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
01 "At the Starting Gate" February 6, 2009 (2009-02-06)
Introduces rising star Joe and his effect on working man Aaron. Chantal decides to move to Los Angeles to live with her boyfriend Mike.
02 "One Good Horse (titled Zenyatta on Animal Planet's web site)" February 13, 2009 (2009-02-13)
Introduces Australian new girl Kayla as she tries to get her first U.S. mount. Mike races against nation's hottest jockey, Garrett Gomez.
03 "At What Cost?" February 20, 2009 (2009-02-20)
Introduces Brandon Meier, a young jockey hoping to rival the career of his father. Kayla takes a tumble.
04 "Broken" March 3, 2009 (2009-03-03)
Kayla considers quitting as she tries to win her first race at Santa Anita. Jon Court tries to prove that he still has what it takes.
05 "Losing Grace (titled Living with the Competition on Animal Planet's website)" March 10, 2009 (2009-03-10)
Chantal and Mike race against each other. Aaron races against a horse named after his daughter.
06 "Foul" March 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)
Joe rides for his girlfriend's father. After winning a big race on a horse with huge potential, Aaron Gryder faces a Stewards' inquiry.
07 "May the Horse be With You" March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
Joe turns to Mike for advice when he goes into a cold streak.
08 "Legend of the Fallen" March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
Some of the greatest riders of all time come out of retirement to risk it all on the track for one big race. Chantal faces a tough decision.
09 "Hands Down" April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
Alex rides a horse owned by his son. Brandon Meier has a hard time breaking through in Southern California.
10 "Go Big or Go Home" April 14, 2009 (2009-04-14)
Horse of the Year Curlin arrives at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup.
11 "Upset" April 21, 2009 (2009-04-21)
Jockeys and racing fans are shocked by the results of the $5 million Breeder's Cup Classic.
12 "It All Comes Down to This" April 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)
Mike Smith hopes to ride undefeated filly, Zenyatta, to victory and make his mark in horse racing history.

Season 2 (2009)[edit]

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
13 "Life is a Gamble" October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)
Corey Nakatani is ready to fight his way back to the top. Kristin Mulhall and Chantal Sutherland take a chance with a promising horse.
14 "I Want Revenge" October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)
Three jockeys struggle for the same goals. Joe Talamo rides potential Kentucky Derby-bound I Want Revenge; Aaron Gryder tries to prove himself in Dubai; Iggy Puglisi tries to break back into the top ranks of jockeys.
15 "The Have Nots" November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04)
The women jockeys fight for their wins on and off the track in a male dominated sport.
16 "Split Decision" November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11)
Chantal and Jon must make a decision that will change the rest of their lives: should Chantal stay in California or go back to greener pastures in Canada.
17 "Tilt" November 18, 2009 (2009-11-18)
Alex Solis and his son face competition with rival trainer Bob Baffert, who enters a ``Rabbit in the race.
18 "No Such Thing as a Sure Thing" November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25)
After months of preparation, the jockeys are about to learn that nothing is a sure thing as they scramble to get a horse to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
19-20 "Nineteen Ways to Lose" December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02)
The Kentucky Derby arrives. Garrett, Mike and Joe prepare for the big moment while Chantal tries to score a mount aboard a horse she's ridden to Stakes victory before: Mine That Bird.

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