Ocala native Jason Neff is raising funds for JOCK, a feature-length documentary that will explore how horseracing’s first female jockeys (including Barbara Jo Rubin, pictured left) broke down barriers forty-years ago.

The Florida State grad is hoping to complete the film next year and have it appear in movie theaters in time celebrate the 40th anniversary of Diane Crump’s history-making ride at Hialeah on February 7, 1969.

JOCK about the first generation of female jockeys who in the late 60’s and early 70’s fought for the right to ride as professional jockeys. This year marks the 40th anniversary of their equal rights victory and their first historic races as professionals. Production on JOCK will begin in February with Barbara Jo Rubin’s 40th Anniversary event at Charles Town Races & Slots on Feb. 21st.

JOCK was recently the cover story in the “Florida Horse” Magazine. Director, Jason Neff was a guest speaker at the FTBOA meeting in Florida and the HBPA meeting in Pennsylvania, where he presented a 13 minute archival reel to the their Board of Directors.

During the Kentucky Derby, Jason appeared live on NBC with Barbara Jo Rubin and PJ Cooksey to talk about the film.

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