This is part two of a two-part series. In part one of this series, former professional jockey and new ACC ag instructor, Josh Boyd, recalled the horse racing accident that nearly cost him his life. Subscribers can read part one here.
It?s around 10 o?clock on a rainy Thursday morning. Josh Boyd commandeers an empty classroom at Allen Community College. Boyd is carrying a DVD ? the only one of its kind ? which it took him three difficult years to liberate from the top brass at the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, in Sunland Park, N.M. The video is of Boyd?s last race as a professional jockey, and of the accident that ended his career.
Boyd tinkers a while with the DVD console until, eventually, a still image is projected onto the classroom?s large smartboard. Boyd turns off the lights in the room and presses play. It?s grainy, the footage nearly 14 years old. Lines of chyron at the bottom of the screen tell the TV audience a little about each horse and each rider. And there?s some preliminary audio commentary, too. A broadcaster, an Australian by the sound of it, describes the expectations for the race while the jockeys load their horses into the starting gates: ?Cuervo Brown is in. There?s two or three still to come. New Car Caviar, Secret Looker, Marty?s Valentine? OK, almost ready for a start.?