Laffit Pincay Jr. was more than just an incredible athlete. Laffit Pincay Jr. was an athlete that all young men and women should take more than a few pages from his playbook in regards to his discipline, his training and diet regime, his steadfast approach to never taking a day off, let alone a race off (when he is racing) and his focus (eye on the prize) was unmatched.
This documentary does a decent enough job in highlighting Laffit's horse riding/racing career from when he won his first race as a teenager in his homeland of Panama, through to his winning some of North America's most prestigious and richest horse races, including winning 2 out of 3 of the USA's triple crown races at least once. (He never did win the Preakness).
It was very nice hearing many of Laffit Pincay's fellow jockeys speak so highly of the Hall Of Fame jockey and his competitive spirit. The documentary included quite a few conversations and anecdotes with Laffit himself outlining many of his dangerous accidents which included multiple fractures and broken bones. Most interesting was the request Laffit's own mother made of him which was both weird, and wacky but it seemed to work for the most part of Laffit's racing career. Laffit's mother asked him to always wear his underwear "inside out" when riding. No, his mother was not kidding. She said it would keep the demons away while he was racing.
My only negative comment about the film was it did not provide little or any credit to Laffit Pincay's agent(s). Unlike other sports, where the athlete's agent responsibility begins and ends when they get the most lucrative multi year contracts for their athletes, jockey's agents need to know which trainers, horse owners (including racehorse owner consortiums), race tracks, will provide not only tomorrows mounts for the jockey(s) they represent but the next meets, next stake races, the next potential Horse of the Year mount, such as Laffit had for a few years when he rode the great thoroughbred, Affirmed. It would have been nice to hear from some of the agents who represented Laffit over his 39 year racing career what they thought of representing one of the greatest jockeys and athletes of this last century.
I give the documentary a decent 7 out of 10 score.
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