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    Big Papi horses around with Hall of Fame jockeys on reality show

    John Velazquez and Angel Cordero with David Ortiz at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., during filming of “Big Papi Needs a Job.”
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    John Velazquez and Angel Cordero with David Ortiz at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., during filming of “Big Papi Needs a Job.”

    That poor horse!

    That was our first thought when we heard that former Sox slugger David Ortiz might be auditioning as a jockey at Florida’s Gulfstream Park as part of his reality TV show “Big Papi Needs a Job.” We don’t know much about jockeys, but we know they usually don’t look like Ortiz.

    But it turns out the segment is about Ortiz learning the ropes as a thoroughbred owner. Papi paid a visit to trainer Mark Hennig’s barn, the grandstand, the paddock, and jockeys’ room, where he hung out with Hall of Fame jockeys John Velazquez and Angel Cordero.

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    “Big Papi Needs a Job,” which airs on Fusion TV, is a half-hour show all about the 6-foot-3 Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic, trying his hand at various professions unrelated to swinging a baseball bat.