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Jockey begins before dawn at the Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix, as its titular character, Jackson Silva, shoots the breeze with a friend and fellow horse-racing lifer. “It ain’t the same anymore, Leo,” Jackson laments as they lean against the outside rail. Later, he takes a horse out for its morning exercise, then meanders through the grounds alone, sharing a friendly word with everyone he passes.“You gonna get after it?” he says to a rider on a horse.“You want to say hello to this guy?” the rider replies. “His name is See Ya Later Alligator!” “Beautiful,” Jackson replies, giving the horse a pat.These moments set the scene for a film that’s both an impressionistic character study and an engrossing slice of racing life. But a lot…

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