Secretariat, Churchill Downs, Smarty Jones, The Kentucky Derby, War Admiral, The Triple Crown -- they're synonymous with the thrill and triumph of horse racing to millions of fans. But the combination of gambling, celebrity sightings and a renewed interest in a horse named Seabiscuit have led to a surge in racing industry fanfare.
With a fan base of 78 million adults, interest in thoroughbred racing grew by 5.1 percent in 2004, the highest registered growth by any sport that year, according to an ESPN Sports Poll. In fact, it's the only sport whose fan base has increased in each of the last five years -- from 31.4 percent in 1999 to 37.4 percent in 2004.
If you are one of thoroughbred racing's millions of fans, perhaps you've entertained the idea of a career related to the sport. Here are five options.