Aerodynamic racing silks to make Derby debut
05/01/2014 02:47 PM
There are aerodynamic cars, planes and even golf balls. But now, thanks to Matt Darby’s Speed Silks, there are aerodynamic jockey silks!
In an interview with HorseTalk discussing his new jockey wear, developer Matt Darby said, “…the fabric is textured much like a golf ball with dimpling that moves air across it with minimal resistance. Drag is as important in horse racing as it is in auto racing or cycling.”
The new form-fitting, lightweight silks look more like a Spiderman costume than traditional jockey silks. They are designed with as few seems as possible and are colored using dyes rather than sewn-on patchwork. The aerodynamic line also
includes helmet covers, jockey pants and boot sleeves.
This Saturday, at the 140th Kentucky Derby, Speed Silks will be worn by jockeys Rosie Napravnik, Martin Garcia and Javier Castellano.
When race outcomes like the Kentucky Derby can be determined by a nose or neck, having an aerodynamically engineered fabric surrounding the jockey that reduces drag can make all the difference between going down in history or simply being a runner up,” Darby said.
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