Jockeys ride thoroughbred racehorses on the horse racing circuit. It is the jockey's job to guide his or her horse, or mount, through the horse traffic on the way to the finish line. Years of hard work, practice, and racing experience can teach a jockey how to successfully move the horse through the crowd, but there is no substitute for instinct and daring. Split-second timing and quick reflexes are also among the necessary qualities. Jockeys may work with trainers, grooms, and exercisers to develop the horses for racing, or they may ride them several time prior to a race to develop racing strategies. Special exercises or drills focus on building the horse's stamina for longer races or developing a final "kick" or spurt of speed for the finish of a race. Trainers also run the horse through time trials, pushing the horse through several mock races in the same way a sprinter or long distance runner practices by running a series of sprints or taking different routes of varied distances.

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