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In the Money: Gender and Jockey Success on the Thoroughbred Racetrack

Alexander D. Binder, Paul Grimes () and Russell G. Winterbotham

Journal of Sports Economics, 2021, vol. 22, issue 3, 295-328

Abstract: This paper examines the relative performance and access to mounts of female jockeys in American horseracing, the only major professional sport where female and male athletes directly compete on a regular basis. We modeled the determinants of the probability for a jockey finishing a race “in-the-money†—placing first, second, or third, and the determinants for receiving mounts. Among other findings, the results indicated that the probability for female jockeys finishing a race in the money was not significantly different from male jockeys, ceteris paribus , yet female jockeys continue to receive fewer mounts after controlling for other relevant, observable factors.

Keywords: jockeys; horseracing; gender; discrimination; probit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/1527002520975839

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