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Chasing a Dream on the Track
Pohla Smith
December 02, 1991
The Amateur Riders Club of America gives jockey wannabes a taste of big-time racing
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December 02, 1991

Chasing A Dream On The Track

The Amateur Riders Club of America gives jockey wannabes a taste of big-time racing

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As far as Brown was concerned, the scary-looking break was part of the fun. This is a guy who prefers the dangers of jump racing to flats because, he says, "You're always wondering what's going to happen."

Thrills, fun, scares (ARCA riders may have fallen, but there have been no serious injuries) and seeing their names in the program are all these talented amateurs can expect from their racing, especially when they lose. The mounts are not of the high-class stakes variety, their share of the purses go to charity, and they pay most of their own expenses.

"That's what makes this club so nice, that they want to do it so badly," Runco says. "No pro rider would drive four hours for a 70-1 shot."

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