Jose and Rita Santos in <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit Issue

Jose and Rita Santos in <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit Issue
Photo: Richard Corman/Sports Illustrated
Jose and Rita Santos, pose with Ben the pony.
The 40th annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue hits the newsstands today and jockey Jose Santos and his wife, Rita, are included in the "Better Halves" section.

The photo was taken at Saratoga and shows Jose Santos wearing the silks of Funny Cide, who he guided to victories in the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I).

Jose Santos is sitting on a barn railing and his wife, pictured wearing a white bikini, is standing.

If anyone notices, there is also a horse in the photo. The horse is a pony named Ben from the H. James Bond barn.

Other featured couples in the section are: Petr Nedved (NY Rangers) and fiancee Veronica Varekova; Eddie George (Tennessee Titans) and girlfriend Tamara Johnson; Alex Rodriguez (Texas Rangers) and his wife Cynthia; and Tony Hawk (skateboarder) and his wife Erin.

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