No win for jockeys in racing 

June, 3, 2010

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Why the long face?"

Barack Obama replies, "His jockey just lost his health insurance, which should be the right of all Americans."

Humorist Andy Borowitz came up with that joke in the summer of 2008, when comedians were still trying to get a handle on how to make fun of then-candidate Obama. Unfortunately, the hypothetical Obama had a point, and still does: Jockeys are getting royally screwed.

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ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.