Jockey School: Racing for a diploma
In our fourth installment, the North American Racing Academy (NARA) graduated eight members of it’s inaugural class with a race against each other at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, May 18.
In September 2006, 11 students began the inaugural class of Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy at the Kentucky Horse Park. On Sunday, during the High Hope Steeplechase fund-raiser, eight members of that class competed in a graduation race — the first real test of their skills and the last step before they begin their careers.
“Not even two years ago, I hadn’t even seen a horse before, and now here I am, riding in my first race and it’s just a really good feeling,” said graduate Corey Mongan.
The winner was Lexington native Jessica Oldham Stith, who has a long line of jockeys in her blood, including her mother, father and grandfather, whose colors she wore on her silks.
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