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Topic: Jockeys Injured by Birds


Title: Jockeys Injured in Bird Strike

Author: Paul Tait

Source: Dutchfurs.com / Reuters

Date: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2005

Level: Advanced

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Vocabulary

Try to guess what these words mean from reading the article.
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New words you will see in this article:

balk

bid

bizarre

congregate

eradication

executive

extraordinary

flock

investigate

jockey(s)

mayhem

mishap

mount

mourning

occurrence

procedure

race(-ing)

rear(ed) up

rise/rose up

scan(s)

seagull(s)

spinal

steward

urgent(ly)

void

Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

Who was most responsible for this incident?
(the jockeys, the owners, the horses, the birds?)

How could this accident have been prevented?

What risks are associated with horse racing? How about benefits?

What precautions should jockeys take when racing?

The article mentions eradicating the pesky birds.
What, in your opinion, is the best way to do that?

For More Practice

Do you think it is all right to bet on horse races? Why or why not?

If the race is called off because of a bizarre incident like this,
how should the betters' money be returned to them?

Should the jockeys be compensated for their injuries? If so, by whom?

What do you think of those who make money from other people's gambling?


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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16