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A jockey's life, stage 1

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William Antongeorgi, about to take first place atop Princess Integrity in February, is now on an even playing field with journeymen jockeys. (Benoit Photography)


William Antongeorgi, 19, lost his apprentice status, or "bug," in mid-February. (Benoit Photography)


Richard Migliore, 42, atop winner Kip Deville in December, remembers what it was like to be an apprentice in 1981, when he was the leading apprentice jockey in the country. (Benoit Photography)

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Ah, to be young, lean and on a horse. For thoroughbred jockeys a year as an apprentice, or "bug boy," is a lucrative blessing. Growing up is the hard part.