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Blood, Sweat, and Pain
Photograph by Melissa Farlow

"I can't believe I'm still riding," says 35-year-old Rene Douglas, whose dirt-splattered face alludes to the hardships of a jockey's life. "I've got three herniated discs in the neck." Such injuries from racing often mean high uninsured medical expenses, the end of a career—or worse. Many jockeys struggle to meet racing's required weight requirements. They often starve, purge, sauna for hours, or take laxatives and diuretics to do it. Still, horse racing lures die-hard talent. Says Douglas, "I love the sport because I ride good horses and I'm good at it."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 135mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/2

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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