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Clerk of Scales are the Umpires of the horseracing world. In this popular competition, the weight of each Jockey and saddle can affect the speed of the horse. A Clerk of Scales is the impartial eye that catches unfair rigging that could throw a race.
Riders are given handicaps in order to even the playing field, adding metal weights to the saddles of more powerful horses and subtracting from those least likely to win. If you’re a Clerk of Scales, you conduct a weigh-in to record a racer’s weight and handicap before each race. After the race, there’s another weigh-in to determine if weight has been tampered with to provide an unfair advantage to a certain rider.
You’re a Judge, and Judges have to be objective. You cannot let your own feelings about a rider influence the numbers you write down or the calls you make. In this sport, people have a lot more than Jockeys riding on certain horses, and because there’s betting involved, it’s incredibly important that you’re there to verify a race and that your information is accurate. Keeping this game free of cheating makes for a happier audience and gamblers who are more willing to bet on a race.
In order to dole out proper handicaps, you must be familiar with the horses that are about to enter your stable, investigating how certain breeds and genders carry weight. There may be a bit of research before coming to the track, but most of your work takes place at the races. There’s hardly a more exciting workplace to visit. Each day, you find yourself in a track abuzz with the anticipation and enjoyment of fans.