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The Notebook April 25, 2013


Two-Minute Lick - Jerry Bailey

Since retiring in 2006, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey has shown he is as comfortable behind the microphone as he was in the saddle. A two-time winner of each of the Triple Crown races and a seven-time Eclipse Award winner who piloted the legendary Cigar, Bailey will serve as an analyst for NBC’s coverage of  the 2013 Triple Crown.

Name: Jerry Bailey

What I do for a living: Sports analyst

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: By my father in the mid-1960s.

My favorite racetrack: Saratoga

Other sports/teams that I follow: Green Bay Packers, Yankees … all sports!

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Close-up action shots, i.e. helmet cams.

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Racing… as in I’d like to see shorter meets.

Three words that define what horse racing means to me: Great world experiences.

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Sunland Park in New Mexico

My favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Cigar

My personal best moment in the sport of horse racing: Winning the Kentucky Derby.

Best racetrack food can be found at: How would I know?

My favorite jockey: Bill Shoemaker

My favorite trainer: Mack Miller

My hero: My father

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d most like to have dinner with: Henry Cecil

My philosophy in life: Don’t take life too seriously.

Favorite quote or motto: Success is not final and failure is not fatal.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog

Favorite non-Thoroughbred sporting event I have attended: NFL game

Number one bucket list item: Fly a plane.


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