(Edited press release)
Animal Planet announced March 19 that the network’s popular docu-drama “Jockeys” would be renewed for a second season of programs. The first season, which concluded March 13, brought Animal Planet viewers into the lives of seven jockeys who raced at Santa Anita Park during its Oak Tree Meet last fall.
Following the successful first season, which brought in more than 9.2 million unique viewers, Animal Planet has ordered a second season of seven hour-long episodes set to premiere late this summer.
“It's our goal in the second season to bring viewers even deeper into the exciting, challenging and complex lives of the jockeys," said Marjorie Kaplan, President and general manager of Animal Planet. "Hour-long episodes give us a broader palette to do so and to create a richer experience of the whole world of racing, horses, and the track.”
For season two, the network, in conjunction with entertainment production house Go Go Luckey, will bring back six of the jockeys previously featured and introduce viewers to two new jockeys, Garrett Gomez and Corey Nakatani.
“The addition of Gomez and Nakatani will round out a class of jockeys whose professional and personal stories will pull viewers further into the enticing world of horse racing,” said Jason Carey, executive producer at Animal Planet. “We hope viewers will not only connect with the intense love of competition apparent in these athletes, but also appreciate the relationships the jockeys share with each other and with the horses they partner with in every thrilling victory.”
Returning to the show after appearing on season one are Chantal Sutherland, Mike Smith, Kayla Stra, Alex Solis, Joe Talamo, and Aaron Gryder. Jockey Jon Court will depart the show during the first episode of season two as he moves his riding base from California to the Midwest.