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It's not very often that a newspaper article reads like erotic fan fiction. So, congratulations to Times Union staff writer Jennifer Gish for wading into this story about shirtless jockeys with such oomph.

Soon Castellano was posing, leaned against a tree without his monogrammed shirt and staring into the distance, his thumbs tucked just above the belt of his jeans.

He's Mr. September in a "beefcake" calendar featuring 12 jockeys and being sold to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

OK. Let's just be frank. Jockeys are athletes. Many of them have rippling abs, and there's something sexy in that whole facing-danger thing, a guy who puts it on the line to go speeding down the track on the back of a thoroughbred.


OK. Let's just be franker: The 16 pictures by Barbara Livingston accompanying the story really round out the Lilliharlequin vibe. Necessary side note: Livingston brought "a baby-oil-bearing assistant" to the shoot. But you already knew that.

If you want to support the permanently-disabled jockeys cause, order your 2012 Thoroughbred Racing Jockeys calendar at

A look at the beefcake aboard the horseflesh [Times Union]

(H/T @furlongnews)


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