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Stateside: Jennings sat tall in the saddle.

SITTING tall in the saddle is an old saying that refers positively to one's character. John Giovanni, a former rider and now president of the Jockeys Guild, remembers a rider who fitted the description physically.

That was Bobby Jennings, born in Virginia in 1944 and a rider who enjoyed a 13-year career between 1960 and 1972. He stood six feet tall and, on a good day when standing straight, could measure an inch taller.

Tall for a jockey, yes. But very thin. "When he stood sideways," said Giovanni, "you thought you were looking at an X-ray!"

So striking in appearance was Jennings that Angela Valenzuela nicknamed him "The Flamingo."

Fellow rider Ken Church added: "He was the only guy I knew who wore the same size hat, collar and belt."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Farley, Dan
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 1998
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