To say that Kevin Mangold is well rounded is an understatement.

Prior to racing thoroughbreds among the best professional jockey colony in the world, Kevin was an accomplished actor. He has appeared on Broadway, in television sitcoms, commercials, music videos, and in the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning theatrical release, "Seabiscuit."

Kevin has written a book (Sixteen Short Stories) and three screenplays ("Conflict," "Putz" and "The Track," a script based on the world of horse racing.) His directorial debut was "The Apprentice Jockey," a documentary that describes – from the point of view of four jockey hopefuls – what it takes to become a professional race rider.

Those who know Kevin describe a subtle inner strength despite an unassuming physical presence. Throughout his life, he has been an overachiever, a leader and an individual of character and integrity. In high school, Kevin competed in the California State Wrestling Championships, studied acting and martial arts, and held a student body office every year, including student body president. Upon graduation, Mangold attended the USC film school in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

With a string of stage, television and film credits under his belt, Mangold put it all behind him and set his mind on becoming a professional thoroughbred jockey. He rode his first race at age 35 and soon graduated to the "big leagues" of horse racing, competing against the best jockeys in the world at prestigious Santa Anita Park and Hollywood Park. After recovering from several life-threatening spills, requiring numerous neck and back surgeries, Kevin briefly returned to racing. He has since chosen the "safer" world of stunts.

Today, founder of Dogpile Productions, Kevin is writing and producing as well as continuing to perform as an actor and stunt double in television shows and feature films. Says Kevin, "I have so many things in the works and I'm hopeful that they will all 'grow legs.'"

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