Some consider thoroughbred horse jockeys, pound for pound, the greatest of athletes. I've always agreed, but watching this series, I agree even more. This series (season one, season 2 just started on Animal Planet) follows a group of jockeys at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita, which culminates into the Breeders' Cup weekend, one of the richest purse weekends in the world.
The show follows the jockeys as the newcomers and journeymen try to break into the competitive Santa Anita colony, which some of the best jockeys in the world are stationed. We pretty much get to know about a jockeys life: waking up early, visiting stables and exercising horses for the chance to ride later on for that trainer, the constant struggle to maintain weight, the dangers of racing, how carefully they are watched by the stewards so they do not endanger other jockeys or the horses, etc.
Each episode is short, 20 minutes without commercials, and the storylines are addicting - you want to see the result of what the jockeys are trying to accomplish during that episode.
The bonus material is okay, combined, they also only take up only about 20 minutes. The best thing about this dvd is that you can see all the episodes at once one after another, and with no commercials.