New Animal Planet documentary series follows seven jockeys, one a breakout star.

By Tom Gliatto
February 06, 2009 05:00 PM

Bolting out of the gate, horses accelerate from 0 to 40 mph in a few seconds. Animal Planet’s new documentary series Jockeys moves at a more comfortable gallop as it introduces seven jockeys heading into the annual Oak Tree Meet at the Santa Anita track in Arcadia, Calif. The most interesting characters so far are a likeable young breakout star, Joe Talamo, and a Canadian rider named Chantal Sutherland, who’s in a relationship with another jockey, Mike Smith. The horses–often paired with a jockey only shortly before the race–are more enigmatic, although the premiere includes a beautiful sequence of one animal breaking free and running off. Was it proud or panicked? 3 Stars

Jockeys premieres Feb. 6 at 9pm ET on Animal Planet.

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