father Wayne is a horseman. Her father's father Clyde is a horseman.
Her aunt Linda is a horseman. So it's no surprise that like her
brothers, Taylor Rice wound up in the family business. The difference
being, instead of training horses, she's riding them.
the only one in my generation who's small enough to ride," said Rice,
25, who began riding professionally at Presque Isle Downs in August and
moved her tack to Belmont Park earlier this month. "My whole family is
involved with horses, and I've always been around horses, so there was
never any question this would be the field I went into."
graduating Florida State University with a degree in international
relations, Rice worked for her father for a year and on the farm
breaking horses until she felt ready to take out her jockey's license.
She won on her first mount, piloting Giggle Fit, trained by her brother
Kevin, at Presque Isle Downs on August 4, and won eight more races
before relocating to New York.
Presque Isle was closing, I needed to go somewhere, and why not start
at the top?" said Rice, a seven-pound bug. "My aunt has been here for 20
years, and this is her turf. Right now I'm seeing if it's a fit for me.
I'm not sure if it's the right time to start my bug, but I'll take a
stab at it."
far, Rice has only had a handful of mounts, with her best finish a
third aboard Zeke's Surprise on October 10. Her focus, however, is
laying the groundwork for the fall/winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack,
long a mecca for apprentice riders.
the incentive for coming," she said. "I'm just waiting it out right
now, and getting on as many horses as I can in the mornings."
And listening to the advice of her family.
all rode before they got too big," said Rice with a smile. "They all
give me pointers, and always have something insightful to share."