Curious Louisville

During the most exciting two minutes in sports, a lot of people pay attention to the athleticism of the horses — and with good reason. But have you ever wondered what type of physical conditioning it requires to guide and stay balanced on top of a 1,000-pound racehorse?

As part of our Curious Derby series, WFPL health reporter Lisa Gillespie looked into how jockeys stay in shape for races, and how they heal after inevitable injuries.

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Jockey Miguel Mena during a physical therapy session.

She sat in a physical therapy session with jockey Miguel Mena, who’s recovering after suffering a brutal fall, and spoke with Tony Vong, personal trainer to 2005 Derby winning jockey Mike Smith.

You can hear the story in the audioplayer above.

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Lisa Gillespie is WFPL's Health and Innovation Reporter.
Ashlie Stevens is WFPL's Arts & Culture Reporter.