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After all the searching, Russian Bay and his new owner Victoria found one another

Paralyzed jockey helps his OTTB land softly

Train him and flip him, that was always the plan. But Jake Chalfin, a former amateur steeplechase jockey and Thoroughbred trainer learned that plans change, for the better and for the worse. And his did, in ways both tragic, and deeply rewarding. The bad day dawned with excitement as the amateur jockey readied to ride in a Virginia steeplechase in September 2010. The seasoned equestrian was participating in one of his favorite horse sports, a hobby that counterbalanced his day job as a salesman for an agricultural company, when the horse he was riding “flipped out” and threw the  32-year-old […]