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How much money do horse jockeys earn?

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May 06, 2013 4:03PM

Jockeys normally get 10% of the winnings for a race. So, for example, if they win a normal race and the winning prize is $10,000, then they'd get $1,000 for that day. If the race is a $25,000 prize, they'd get $2,500, and so on. Now, for a big race like the Kentucky Derby where the prize for 1st place can be around $2 million, the jockey's portion would be $200,000.