Gary Stevens

For jockeys, goggles are a necessary shield against horse racing's nastier elements

For jockeys, goggles are a necessary shield against horse racing's nastier elements

If you hadn’t seen Mitole run away from the field in Saturday’s Chick Lang Stakes, you would have known the 3-year-old colt made out all right by the color of jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.’s silks and breeches. They were white when the 6-furlong race started in the mud of Pimlico Race Course. They were white when it ended.

Among all the obstacles separating horses from the finish line on those dirty days that send mud flying like discarded betting slips, visibility is maybe the most overlooked. What’s true on Interstate 695 is true at tracks large and small and in fields fast and slow: It’s not advisable to go anywhere that you can’t see.

Santana didn’t have that problem....

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