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Horse Sense

Horse Sense

The sun is rising over the horizon when Sheldon Russell pulls up to the barns at Laurel Park. The 27-year-old has sustained many injuries throughout his career, but that will not stop him from riding a horse for one of the top trainers in Maryland. Even though Russell is one of the top jockeys in the state, he must constantly work on his skills. The grind never ends.

“It’s a risky job, but I love what I do. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I remember the good days and try to forget the bad,” Russell says.  

An ordinary day for him starts at 5:45 a.m. After a quick breakfast, Russell arrives at the race track about 6:30 a.m. to meet with his agent...