Jockeys' Guild Annual Assembly Re-cap
Highlights from the 2013 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly,
January 27-29, 2013
· Members were briefed on plans to name the Jockeys’ Guild’s first list of Worst Deadbeats, track operators who are most insensitive to jockey health and safety issues. The Deadbeats include Penn National Gaming (Charles Town, Penn National, Beulah Park, Zia Park and Sam Houston); Harrah’s (Louisiana Downs, Thistledown and Turfway); Boyd Gaming (Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs); MTR Gaming (Mountaineer and Presque Isle); New Centaur Gaming (Indiana Downs); Monmouth Park; Los Alamitos; Ellis Park; Ruidoso Downs; and Turf Paradise. The Guild will once again attempt to engage these operators, as well as other non-contributing racetracks, and convince them to contribute to the Guild for temporary disability benefits, life insurance, AD&D benefits, assistance with payments to permanently disabled jockeys, etc.
· Carl Brazley, CEO of New West, the public relations firm for the Guild, spoke to the Assembly about what it means to be a member of a professional sports organization, “athlete to athlete”. He emphasized the need for UNITY within the Guild and strategic planning. He recommended that the Guild create Jockeys’ Guild Properties, develop strategic partners program, developing Aggressive Marketing and PR Plan, create original media vehicles and create points of “high touch” by building relationships with the fans.
· Jim Gagliano and Jamie Haydon from The Jockey Club explained race day medication issues, as well as protecting the sport’s integrity and increasing awareness of the industry’s human stars.
· Members passed a resolution supporting The Jockey Club’s Reformed Racing Medication Rules, including a two category medication system, progressive points style penalties and reciprocity among jurisdictions. That resolution also includes the statement that, “No race day medication shall be permitted, with the exception of Lasix, which should be administered by an independent regulatory veterinarian.”
· Guild members elected two new active jockeys to serve on the board of directors. Mike Smith and Joe Bravo are replacing Jerry LaSala and Perry Compton, on the board. Members thanked LaSala and Compton for their dedicated service and commitment to the Guild during their entire racing careers.
· The membership also re-elected the Guild’s officers, including John Velazquez, Chairman; G.R. Carter, Vice Chairman; Rodney Prescott, Secretary and Joel Campbell, Treasurer.
· Nancy LaSala from the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) updated members on the financial needs that exist affecting the care of jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries. She requested that each colony considering agreeing to contribute $1 per mount to the PDJF in hopes that each of the horsemen’s organizations, as well as the owners, will match such contributions. InCompass has updated its software to allow the horsemen’s bookkeepers to take such deductions.
· Paul Brenner, SVP of Unequal Technologies Company, showed the latest advancements in sports equipment that reduce the possibility of concussions and injuries.
· Dan Mawby founder of MawSafe Running Rails explained the technology behind new safer track rails that can be used to reduce accidents resulting in injuries.
· Dr. James Guest from the Miami Project updated members on the latest treatments for concussions, as well as advances in spinal cord research.
· Stephen Burn, President and CEO of TVG Network, explained the new “Exchange Wagering” option, plus the importance of TVG to the racing industry.
· John Velazquez, Chairman of the Guild, strongly emphasized the importance of the membership being UNITED and participation by ALL Guild members. Attendance at the Annual Assemblies is essential. He stated the only way the Guild is going to accomplish its goals and the jockeys are going to earn respect within the industry and beyond is if all of the riders come together with one solid voice. These sentiments were echoed by G.R. Carter, Vice Chairman of the Guild, as well as other Guild Board and Senate members.
In addition, at the Jockeys’ Guild Awards Luncheon, awards were presented to:
· G.R Carter received the Jacky Martin Award, given to the outstanding Quarter Horse jockey for exceptional achievement during the year.
· Ramon Dominguez was awarded the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award, presented to the Thoroughbred jockey for outstanding achievement during the year.
· Jerry and Nancy LaSala were presented the Eddie Arcaro Award, given to those who have shown exceptional commitment to the jockeys and the Jockeys’ Guild.
· The audience was updated on the status of Jacky Martin and was advised of the website created by his wife, Tracy, to keep everybody informed as to his progress. www.jackymartin.com
The Luncheon’s featured speaker, former Miami Dolphin and member of the team’s “Killer B’s”, Kim Bokamper spoke “From One Athlete to Another” on the challenges all athletes face, especially life after racing. He strongly encouraged the riders to set their egos aside, do their jobs and prepare for their futures after racing.
For more information on information about the Assembly, contact your regional representative or the Jockeys’ Guild office at (859) 523-5625 or 866-465-6257.
Riders called ‘rock stars’ at annual Assembly
“The challenges of the past several months concerning track participation has really unified the Guild,” said John Velazquez, chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild. “It’s become clear that some tracks have been shirking their responsibilities and riding on the backs of other tracks who are contributing. Now that the Stronach Group, NYRA and CDI have reached an agreement with the Guild, it’s time for other tracks, such as those owned by PNGI, to live up to their moral obligations to jockey health and safety.”
The issue was shown in more human terms during a videotaped interview with Jacky Martin, the award-winning quarter horse jockey who was injured on the track last September, showing his progress toward recovery. In addition, Nancy Lasala, executive director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, an independent charitable program that assists disabled jockeys, explained the financial hardships being experienced by injured riders and the consistent shortage of funding for their ongoing living expenses and long-term care.
Also, Dr. Dalton Dietrich, Scientific Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the
Velazquez said a highlight of the two-day session was a round-table session, conducted by the Guild board, to listen to ideas and concerns from the members concerning short-term and long-term revenue options, safety and unity. “There was a spirited exchange, and a lot of great ideas and suggestions came out of this session,” said Velazquez. “Now we will look for ways to implement many of these ideas for the benefit of our members.”
During the two-day session, members of the Guild heard from a variety of experts on insurance, regulations and health and safety issues. Highlights of the Assembly included the following:
· Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream Park President and General Manager, told the jockeys they were the “rock stars” of the industry, and encouraged them to continue to live up to the high ethical standards that are required of them.
· Ed Martin, President and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, said the Guild “is on its way up,” and complimented members on their contributions to the sport.
· Bobby Clarkson and Chip Atkins, of RH Clarkson Insurance Company, explained to members their current group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance package, as well as information on a workers’ compensation program.
· Dennis Mills, of Racing Future, discussed ways to appeal to the “Millennial Generation,” and how young fans can better relate to jockeys. and the sport.
· Members also learned about new equipment options and research, ongoing communications and lobbying efforts and plans to better showcase jockeys to the racing public.
During its awards luncheon, the Guild honored three men for their positive impact on the sport. Jacky Martin was honored for outstanding achievements to the quarter horse industry. In the future, that award will carry his name. DeShawn Parker received the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award for outstanding achievements for a thoroughbred jockey. Dave Hicks, retired steward, was presented the Eddie Arcaro Award for exceptional commitment to the Guild.
The Guild membership also re-elected John Velazquez as chairman and G.R. Carter as vice chairman. Joel Campbell was chosen as the new Guild treasurer and Rodney Prescott is the newly elected secretary.
Velazquez called the Assembly a tremendous success. “This was a great opportunity for riders to get together and learn more about what’s being done to help us, both personally and professionally. Now it’s up to us to go back to our tracks and encourage more jockeys to join the Guild.”
Jockeys’ Guild, Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in American Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 950 members, including active, retired and disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, to obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE JOCKEYS’ GUILD CONCLUDES IN
SAFETY PANEL PROVIDES A HIGHLIGHT
An all-star panel of experts participating in a Rider Safety Summit provided one of the highlights at the 2010 Annual Assembly of the Jockeys’ Guild, which concluded Tuesday.
The Annual Assembly was held in conjunction with the
The joint seminar was presented by the Jockeys’ Guild, Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and the Race Track Industry Program, which addressed important medical safety issues involving riders.
The panel included Dr. Ed Hall, Director of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky; Dr. Oswald Steward, Director, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, Anatomy & Neurology School of Medicine at UC Irvine; Dr. Dalton Dietrich, Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis; Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance, who discussed best practices and minimum standards and Brad Kimbrell, Executive Vice President of InCompass who discussed the importance of the Jockey Health and Information System and the development of a national Jockey Injury Database.
Also on the agenda, retired NBC White House Correspondent Richard Valeriani conducted a seminar for Guild members on the media and how jockeys can best relate to the press.
Victor Espinosa, Jr., Vice President of the Equibase Company, spoke to the assembly about future developments at Equibase.
The Guild heard from Nancy LaSala, Executive Director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), regarding the accomplishments of the organization in 2010 and its hope for the future. The Guild adopted a resolution urging the tracks, horsemen’s groups, owners, racing related businesses and other industry organizations to actively support and contribute to the PDJF.
During the business session, elections were held with John Velazquez re-elected as Chairman, G.R. Carter re-elected as Vice Chairman and Jerry LaSala was re-elected to the Treasurer’s post. Joel Campbell was elected as Secretary of the Guild replacing
Re-elected to the Board were Perry Compton, Rodney Prescott, Robby Albarado and Glen Murphy. Ramon Dominguez was newly elected to the Board.
The Guild adopted an annual budget for 2011 that continues the process of erasing any deficits from the Chapter 11 proceeding that ended in 2008.
A committee consisting of Guild members and staff was appointed to further consider several insurance opportunities that would provide Guild members with additional coverage for on track accidents.
The Guild extensively discussed the status of its 2011 Safety Initiative concerning helmets, vests and involvement in research on these safety items. To that end, the Jockeys’ Guild has become a member of ASTM International (formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials) to facilitate such goals.
The Guild received a presentation from Mike Campbell, President of Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association concerning legislation to extend workers comp in
Duncan Patterson, a long time member of the Delaware Racing Commission and the ARCI Rules Committee, addressed the assembly on various topics including the ARCI and the proposed Racing Compact.
“I would like to thank all of the presenters for sharing their expertise with the Assembly,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. I would also like to thank the
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JOCKEYS’ GUILD’S 2009 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY WRAPS UP IN
WHILE ARCI ADOPTS NEW MODEL RULES AFFECTING JOCKEYS
The 2009 Assembly of the Jockeys’ Guild concluded today following significant changes adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) this past weekend.
Three new model rules were adopted by the ARCI on Sunday December 6, one concerning mount fees, another regarding weights carried and the third establishing uniform weigh out/in procedures.
The ARCI new model rule for mount fees includes an increase for losing mount fees and requires that the Jockeys’ Guild and local horsemen’s associations reach an agreement on the applicable fees 30 days prior to the race meet. In the absence of an agreement, model rule guidelines should apply. Additionally, the mount fees are indexed for inflation based on an average of several measures of the cost of living.
Regarding weight carried, the new model rule states that the minimum weight requirement is now 118 pounds except in the case of apprentice jockeys. The previous rule had been outdated and not been used for decades.
The third model rule concerning weighing out/in allows for 3 lbs of safety equipment and upon approval of the stewards, an additional 3 lbs for inclement weather clothing. The new regulations also specify the equipment that is included within the new weight limits for weighing out/in.
Racing programs should now inform the public of the weight rules to ensure greater transparency to the public and owners of the actual weight being carried by each horse.
“The ARCI took a big step forward with these new model rules,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “The first provides a basis for more realistic mount fees across the country, an area that has been stagnant in some jurisdictions for more than 20 years.”
“The second model rule provides a more up-to-date weight minimum to be carried by horses competing in races in this country. The third model rule concerning a uniform rule on weighing out, weighing in procedures is a great improvement. With many different jockeys riding in various jurisdictions during the course of a year, it only makes sense to have a standardized rule. Additionally, a uniform rule provides consistency to all racing officials and track managements.”
1. Stabilizing the Guild ‘s finances
2. Entering into successful partnerships with many industry organizations to focus on growing the sport and furthering the mutual interests of all participants
3. Securing losing mount fee increases at many tracks around the country
4. Protecting the rights of jockeys to due process including at Charles Town, West Virginia
5. Supporting successful growth in the PDJF program and its merger with the Disabled Jockeys Endowment
6. Continuing to develop jockey sponsorship opportunities at the Triple Crown and other races
7. Participating in the NTRA Safety and Integrity
The Assembly also discussed ways of increasing revenue for the Guild and encouraging new member participation.
Monday afternoon, the Assembly heard reports from many leading figures in the racing industry including Nick Nicholson, President and CEO of Keeneland, Larry Eliason who is the Chairman of the ARCI Model Rules & Practices Committee and Corey Johnsen, President of Kentucky Downs. John Unick of MOC Insurance Services; addressed jockey insurance issues while River Downs’ John Engelhardt, President of the Turf Publicists of America, discussed the re-institution of jockey trading cards and gave out samples.
Starting the Tuesday morning sessions, a panel discussion on “Giving a Leg Up to the Industry,” Corey Johnsen and jockeys Robby Albarado and G.R Carter discussed ways that jockeys could help promote the sport. The discussion focused on legislative issues, sponsorship opportunities for jockeys at the Triple Crown and other key races and jockey challenges. Also discussed was the more than $1 million raised for racing charities from jockey sponsorships in 2008 and 2009. Giving back to the local community was emphasized.
Nancy LaSala, Executive Director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) gave a recap of events and fundraisers held throughout 2009 at various locations and tracks around the country to benefit the fund. She was joined by Matthew Straight who shared his family’s experience with the PDJF after the catastrophic injury of his brother, Michael Straight, at
Closing the morning session, Roy Arnold, President of Arlington Park, TRA President, and Board Member of PDJF stressed the actions he believes necessary to reduce on-track injuries.
Tuesday afternoon’s first session featured Mike Zeigler, the Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, discussing compliance standards, key initiatives, safety equipment, catastrophic injury programs, medication and testing, safety and health of riders, an aftercare program for retired riders and compliance standards. He also set out the benefits to riders provided by the Safety and Integrity Alliance, both directly and indirectly.
The Assembly concluded with a panel discussion titled “Weighing in on the Industry” moderate by Dan Fick, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of The Jockey Club. The panelists included jockey Robby Albarado, Jockeys’ Guild Regional Manager
Among the topics of discussion were the new ARCI scale of weights, the ARCI weigh out/in rule, mount fees, workers’ compensation and health insurance for jockeys and exercise riders.
“The jockeys had not received any raise in losing mount fees since 1985 except for one $5 raise,” said Meyocks. “Negotiations for increases started long before this economic downturn. In all cases, we have tried to be fair and reasonable to the owners and have adjusted losing mount fees based on tiered purse levels.
“We want all segments of the industry to know that the Jockeys’ Guild and its member jockeys want to be part of the solution to racing’s challenges and to work with all segments of the industry to overcome any obstacles we may face,” said Meyocks. “The jockeys have felt welcome and have enjoyed the interaction with the other industry members. They look forward to continuing to be a part of the process. I think the Assembly has been informative for the jockeys and everybody else in attendance. I would like to thank the jockeys, all of the speakers and the
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LA ASAMBLEA ANNUAL DE 2009
MIENTRAS ARCI ADOPTA NUEVAS REGLAS MODELAS QUE AFECTAN A JINETES
La Asamblea de 2009 del Jockeys’ Guild concluido hoy después de cambios significativos que son adoptados por la Asociación de Comisarios de Carreras Internacionales (ARCI) a los fines de la semana pasada.
Tres nuevas reglas modelas fueron adoptadas por el ARCI el domingo, 6 de diciembre, uno acerca de honorarios de montaje, otro en cuanto a pesos cargado y tercer establecimiento en uniforme los procedimientos de peso de fuera y dentro.
La nueva regla modela de ARCI para honorarios de montas incluye un aumento para los honorarios de montajes pérdido y requiere que el Jockeys’ Guild y las asociaciones de los jinetes locales alcancen un acuerdo aplicable en los honorarios 30 días antes de que se encuentren en la raza. En ausencia de un acuerdo, las pautas de regla modelas deberían aplicarse. Además, los honorarios de montaje puesto índice por inflación basada en un promedio de varias medidas
En cuanto al peso cargado, la nueva regla modela declara que la exigencia de peso mínima es ahora 118 libras a excepción en caso de jockeys de aprendiz. La regla anterior había sido anticuada y no se ha usado por décadas.
La tercera regla modela acerca
Los programas de carreras ahora debería informar el público de las reglas de peso para asegurar la mayor transparencia al público y a los dueños
“El ARCI tomó un paso grande con estas nuevas reglas modelas,” dijo Terry Meyocks, el Gerente Nacional del Jockeys’ Guild. “El primer proporciona una base para honorarios de montaje más realistas a través
"La segunda regla modela proporciona más actualizado mínimo de peso que sera cargado por caballos que compiten en razas en este país. La tercera regla modela acerca de una regla uniforme en los procedimientos de la pesada fuera y pesada dentro es un aumente enorme. Con muchos diferentes jinetes que montan caballos en varias jurisdicciones durante el curso de un año, sólo hace sentido común de tener una regla estandarizada. Además, una regla uniforme proporciona el consecuencia a todos los oficials de carreras y gerentes de pistas."
El lunes, 7 de diciembre de 2009, jinetes de diferentes partes
1. Estabilización de las finanzas del Guild
2. Establecimiento de sociedades acertadas con muchas organizaciones de industria para concentrarse en el crecimiento
3. Asegurar aumentos de los honorarios de montas perdedores en muchas pistas por todo el país
4. Protegiendo los derechos
5. Apoyar crecimiento acertado en el programa de PDJF y su fusión con el Atributo de Jockeys Discapacitado
6. Continuación desarrollando oportunidades de patrocinio de jinetes en la Triple Crown y otras razas
7. Participación en la Alianza de Integridad y Seguridad de NTRA
La Asamblea también habló de modos de aumentar ingresos para el Guild y animar la participación de miembro nuevos.
El lunes por la tarde, la Asamblea oyó informes de muchas figuras principales de la industria de correras incluso fue Nick Nicholson, el presidente y CEO de Keeneland, Larry Eliason que es el Presidente de ARCI el Comité de las Reglas de Modelo y de Prácticas y Corey Johnsen, el presidente de Kentucky Downs. John Unick de los Servicios de Seguros MOC, se diríja a cuestiones de los jockey sobre los seguros mientras John Engelhardt de River
Comenzando las sesiones el martes por la mañana, discusiónes en una mesa redonda "Dando una Pierna a la Industria," Corey Johnsen y los jinetes Robby Albarado y G.R. Carter hablaron de modos que los jinetes podrían ayudar a promover el deporte. La discusión se concentró en cuestiones legislativas, oportunidades de patrocinio para los jinetes en la Triple Crown y otras razas más claves y los desafíos de los jinetes. También hablaron de lo más de 1 millón de dólar que levantaron para la institución benéfica de patrocinios de jinetes en 2008 y 2009. Devolviendo a la comunidad local era enfatizado.
Nancy LaSala, la Directora Ejecutiva del Fondo Permanentemente
Cerrando la sesión de la mañana, Roy Arnold, el presidente de
La primera sesión en la tarde del martes se presentó a Mike Zeigler, el Director Ejecutivo de la Alianza de Integridad y Seguridad NTRA, hablando de estándares de conformidad, claves iniciativas, equipo de seguridad, programas para herida catastróficos, medicación y pruebas, seguridad y salud de jinetes, un programa de asistencia postoperatoria para jinetes jubilados y estándares de conformidad. Él también dispuso las ventajas a jinetes proporcionados por la Alianza de Integridad y Seguridad, tanto directamente
La Asamblea concluyó con una discusión titulada “Pesar en la Industria” moderado por Dan Fick, Ejecutivo Vicepresidente y Director Ejecutivo de Jockey Club. Los participantes incluyeron al los jinetes Robby Albarado, el Jockeys’ Guild Gerente Regional
Entre los temas de discusión eran la nueva escala de ARCI de pesos, las reglas de ARCI de el peso fuera y peso dentro, honorarios de montaje, compensación de los trabajadores y seguro médico para los jinetes y los jinetes de ejercicio.
“Los jinetes no habían recibido ningun levanto en honorarios de montajes perdedores desde 1985 a excepción por un levanto de $5 dólares” dijo Meyocks. “Negociaciones para aumentos comenzó mucho antes de el descenso económico. En todos los casos, hemos tratado de ser justos y razonables a los dueños y haber ajustado honorarios de montajes perdedores basados en niveles de monedero.
“Queremos que todos los segmentos de la industria sepan que el Jockeys’ Guild y sus miembros jinetes quieren ser parte de la solución con los desafíos de las carreras y trabajar con todos los segmentos de la industria para vencer cualquier obstáculo que podemos afrontar,” dijo Meyocks. “Los jinetes se han sentido bienvenidos y han disfrutado de la interacción con los otros miembros de industria. Ellos tienen ganas de seguir siendo una parte
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