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Monday, June 27, 2016

Paco Lopez Named Jockey of the Week

Jockey Paco Lopez was on fire this weekend as he won 11 races at Monmouth Park highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes. That weekend performance helped him claim the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 20th to June 26th.  The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

The four-time Monmouth Park leading rider would begin his hot streak on Saturday by winning four of the first seven races at Monmouth Park. Lopez then capped off the five-win day by piloting the favored Isabella Sings to a wire-to-wire win the featured Eatontown Stakes.

“I just wanted to break sharp and see where she placed herself,” Lopez said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of speed in the race and she was nice and relaxed in front. She was just the best horse in the race.”

Lopez, the 2008 Eclipse award winner for Outstanding Apprentice, would do one better on Sunday afternoon beginning with an early triple after wining the third, fourth, and fifth races. He would then go on to win the eighth and ninth races followed by his sixth win of the day aboard Secretive Lady in the nightcap.

The 29 year-old native of Tierra Blanca, Mexico currently sits atop of the Monmouth rider standings, with 48 wins from 128 starts for a 38 percent win percentage. Leading all North American riders in number of wins for the week, Lopez won with 13 of his 28 mounts and added another five seconds and four third place finishes.

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JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, The Daily Racing Form, Equibase, Horse Racing Nation, The Jockeys’ Guild, The Paulick Report, The Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Channing Hill Posts 1000th Career Victory

Jockey Channing Hill was all smiles Saturday morning for a good reason. The 28-year-old native of Grand Island, Neb. scored his 1,000th career win aboard Shut the Gate in Friday’s eighth race at Churchill Downs.

“When you’re younger, you don’t realize how much a thousand really is and all the work that has to go into it,” Hill said. “Obviously I’m really thankful for the people that helped me along the way. That is probably the most special part about it. Obviously I couldn’t be here without the people who have been giving me the opportunity and the horses themselves who have taken me there. It’s a special accomplishment and has definitely been a goal that I have set out to reach, but that’s any jockey. Any jockey would want to reach 1,000-plus wins. Hopefully the next thousand comes a little quicker and I’m happy to get this one out of the way.”

            Hill began his riding career in 2003 and piloted his first winner the following year. In 2005, he was a finalist for an Eclipse Award for Top Apprentice Jockey, which was won by Emma-Jayne Wilson. To date, he has won 16 graded stakes races, including a Grade I aboard First Defense in the 2008 Forego at Saratoga.

            “I would really like to stay consistent within the Top 25 throughout my career,” Hill said. “That to me would be the best because then you get some consistency and people rely on you. One thing people don’t realize is how lucky and fortunate you have to get just to have things fall your way so it’s just a real nice milestone to reach.” Churchill Downs Communications Department

Monday, June 27, 2016

Paco Lopez Rides Six Winners Sunday At Monmouth Park

Jockey Paco Lopez piloted six mounts into the winner's enclosure at Monmouth Park on Sunday, vaulting him even higher atop the rider standings at the New Jersey oval. Lopez rode in 10 races on the card, finishing third three times and fourth once with his other mounts on the day.

Lopez's success began in the third race, when he piloted Sheikh and Sleek to a maiden special weight victory for Eddie Plesa, Jr. He completed a natural hat trick, including the fourth and fifth races, winning with Patrick McBurney's Miss Bob and J. Thompson's Julia Chubouli. Lopez's next victory came in the eighth race aboard Jason Servis' Blue Bahia, then he won the ninth with Hugh McMahon's Banana Anna. Lopez closed out the day with a win in the 11th race aboard Kathleen Demasi's Secretive Lady.

Currently, Lopez sits well on top of the Monmouth rider standings, with 48 wins from 128 starts for a 38 percent win percentage, according to Equibase.com.

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/paco-lopez-rides-six-winners-sunday-monmouth-park/

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lynch Finding New Life in Maryland

He’s a long way from home and far removed from what once looked like a promising career as a jockey in England, and that’s fine with Fergal Lynch. Being a top rider in the U.S. at Pimlico is something the Irish-born jockey never imagined for himself, but it’s far better than he probably had any right to expect when a race-fixing scandal turned his life and his career upside down.

With four days to go in the meet, Lynch is tied for second-place with Trevor McCarthy in the jockey standings at Pimlico with 23 wins, one behind Victor Carrasco. Whether he wins the title or not, his success at the meet signifies that this new chapter in his career is obviously a successful one.

Lynch’s troubles began in 2004 when he got involved with a gambler named Miles Rogers and starting feeding him information so he could “lay” or bet against horses on Betfair. Lynch said he started by just giving Rogers his opinions on whether or not he thought a horse he was riding would run well, but it eventually evolved into something far more serious. After a horse Lynch had told Rogers he thought would run poorly won, Rogers put pressure on Lynch and got him to promise to hold a horse at Ripon.

The horse lost and Rogers cashed his bet, but eventually the authorities unraveled what had been going on with Lynch. As his case made its way through the legal system, he rode on and again an off again in various countries, including the U.S. In 2009, Lynch admitted that he had held the horse and was told by the British Horse Racing Authority that his license would be rescinded for at least 12 months.

Lynch was unable to ride anywhere until August 2014 when he reached an agreement with the BHA that allowed him to return. One of the stipulations was that he had to agree to make an educational video in which he admitted what he did and warned other riders to avoid making the same mistakes. Though he was having success upon his return in the UK and won the 2015 GI Woodbine Mile with English shipper Mondialiste (Ire) (Gallileo {Ire}), he decided to come to the U.S. and make this his base, knowing, among other things, that he would have the support of his brother, Cathal, a successful trainer in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“I have always liked riding in America and have always liked the racing in America,” he said. “Obviously, Frankie Dettori has been successful in both Europe and America. His style, it doesn’t look out of place here, like some of the European jockeys look. The travel in England was one of the major drawbacks. I just didn’t want to be driving 300, 400 miles a day going from track to track on a daily basis. In America, you stay in one area. That’s one of main things I was looking for her. I think that helps extend your career, if you do less traveling.”

He started off at Gulfstream, where he won just four races from 114 starters.

“I didn’t get discouraged in Florida,” he said. “I never really planned to ride a lot of winners there. It’s just a nice place to spend the winter and when you ride against Johnny Velazquez and Javier Castellano you can learn a lot from those guys. I rode in the mornings at Palm Meadows every day and made a lot of big contacts down there.”

As soon as he moved to Maryland, where he was immediately given mounts by his brother, his fortunes changed.

“I probably am exceeding my expectations, but I wasn’t going to stay here if I wasn’t going to be successful,” he said. “I was going to go back to England and ride there. I rode a lot of nice winners in England last year. I wasn’t going to sit on my hands in Maryland and just hope that it went well. You have to go out and make it happen.”

Which is exactly what he has done. Lynch knows he can never remove the stain of the race-fixing incident from his life or his record, but he has found a new avenue for success and says he has done his very best to put the past into the past.

“There were dark ways where I didn’t know which way to turn or where I was going to end up and couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “I think the main thing is having my wife (Pamela) behind me and the support of my family. I just kept going. I just didn’t give up.

“It’s not as if nothing ever happened. Everybody is entitled to their opinion and people are entitled to think whatever they want of me, but I like to think I’ve got closure with people in England. I’ve been back there, I’ve helped the British Horse Racing Authority. I’ve helped the apprentices and I’d like to try to help apprentices over here, too. With bug riders, young naive people who are 16, 17, 18 years old and coming into a dangerous sport, there can be pitfalls and things you have to look out for. I want to try to help people so they don’t make the same mistakes others have made.”

Lynch is far from the only jockey that has been caught up in a scandal involving exchange wagering, which, for the first time, gave gamblers the opportunity to bet on a horse to lose. Betfair is trying to get a foothold in the U.S. and is now legal in New Jersey. Lynch doesn’t think that U.S. racing should allow exchange betting.

“I’m probably the last person you should ask about that, but I am personally totally against it (being allowed in the U.S.),” he said. “I just think it opens up a can of worms that you can’t close once it’s open. I don’t think anything positive can come from it. The only thing you get is negative press and negative publicity for horse racing.”

Since his return, Lynch, 37, has completely stayed out of trouble and has said all the right things.

“This happened a long time ago, in 2004, 12 years ago, and a lot of time passed,” he said. “I was a boy then, I’m a man now.”

He won’t rule out moving back to the U.K. some day, but doesn’t see it happening. He has found a home for himself in Maryland, where his life has settled down considerably and he’s winning races.

“I’m happy in Maryland,” Lynch said. “My wife and dogs are here. They’ve shipped over. We’re based here and it’s a good permanent base. If something came up in Dubai over the winter I might consider that, but home now is Maryland.

“In life, you have to move on and you have to keep trying to go forward.”

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/lynch-finding-new-life-in-maryland/

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ten countries represented in third annual World Jockey Challenge

A total of 39 jockeys will compete for their home countries in the third annual World Jockey Challenge slated for Saturday, June 25 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The jockeys will compete in their regularly scheduled races with hopes of bringing in accumulative points for their home countries.
Jockeys from 10 countries will compete for the title in the third annual World Jockey Challenge Saturday, June 25. Opening ceremonies with each country's team and flag will be held after the third race. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Jockeys from 10 countries will compete for the title in the third annual World Jockey Challenge Saturday, June 25. Opening ceremonies with each country’s team and flag will be held after the third race. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

There are 10 countries represented in this year’s event, including Brazil, Panama, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ireland and the United States. Mexico has the biggest representation with 17 riders hailing from that country followed by the United States, which has 10 jockeys on the team. Several of the countries only have one representative, but last year’s event was won by Panama, which only had two jockeys Albin Jimenez and Abel Lezcano who combined for three wins on the card and several seconds and thirds. The United States team was the inaugural winner in 2014.

The final outcome of the World Jockey Challenge is all dependent on finishes during the night, with first place receiving 10 points, second place awarded five points, third place pulling in three points and fourth place granted one point. One of the differences in this year’s contest is the number of races and the largest number of jockeys to compete on the International Fest card. Also, four of the 12 races are Quarter Horse races programmed as the last four races, which is unique for the event.

In addition to the World Jockey Challenge, International Fest will feature numerous samplings from some of the countries represented at the outdoor food venues. Also, the “Always Turned On” tent will be converted into a beer garden with specialty beers from around the world.

Brazilian Leandro Goncalves poses next to one of the cars that will be on display during International Fest. The cars include two Mazeratis, a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, shown with Goncalves above.

Brazilian Leandro Goncalves poses next to one of the cars that will be on display during International Fest. The cars include two Mazeratis, a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, shown with Goncalves above.

Brazilian Carnival Dancers will provide entertainment between races and four foreign-made cars, including two Mazeratis, an Alfa Romeo and a Ferrari, will be on display. The evening will also include Family Fun Night activities such as face painting, a caricature artist, a bounce house and strolling entertainment.

The first race goes to post at 6:05 p.m. and the final race has an estimated post time of 11:13 p.m. The winner of the World Jockey Challenge will be determined at the conclusion of racing. All jockeys will be introduced following the third race on the card at approximately 7 p.m. carrying the flag of their country for an opening ceremony of International Fest.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jockey Ovie D. Scurlock, 97, Dies

Ovie Scurlock died June 14 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. One of the top riders of his day as well as a trainer, Scurlock was 97.

Born Nov. 11, 1918 in Pikeville, Ky., Scurlock also proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He attended American Baptist East Church.

He rode in three Kentucky Derbys, finishing 13th aboard Alworth in 1946, and seventh atop Model Cadet in 1949 and Lotowhite in 1950. During his career he rode champion Coaltown for Calumet Farm and trainer H.A. "Ben" Jones four times, winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap and Roger Williams Handicap at Narragansett Park in 1949.

Scurlock piloted Meadow Stable's Bryan G. to victory in the 1951 Pimlico Special.

He rode for other prominent owners George D. Widener, Harry Guggenheim, and Donald Ross' Brandywine Stable.

Later in his career Scurlock was an assistant for Hall of Fame trainer Warren A. "Jimmy" Croll Jr.

A long-time member of the Jockeys' Guild, he is survived by sisters-in-law, Phyllis Newcomb (Kenneth), Betty Herman (Fred) and Rita Speis, all of Evansville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife of 64 years, Virginia Scurlock, in 2008.

Contributions may be made to American Baptist East Church, 6300 Washington Ave., Evansville, IN 47715.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212669/jockey-ovie-d-scurlock-97-dies

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Joe Bravo Named Jockey of the Week

It was a busy weekend for veteran rider Joe Bravo as he won three stakes races at three different tracks on his way to being honored as the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Award for June 13th to June 19th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

Bravo got the ball rolling on Saturday afternoon when he rode just one mount on the card at Parx and captured the featured sixth race, the $100,000 Donald Levine Memorial Stakes aboard A.P. Indian.  Bravo then hopped on a plane to Louisville where he would later guide 9-1 shot Bradester to a wire-to-wire win in the Grade 1 $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap under the lights at Churchill Downs.

“He’s a pretty fun horse. He does all the hard work for you,” Bravo said. “He kind of reminds me of his father Lion Heart, who I rode in the Haskell. I just kind of rode him like his dad and you saw what he did today.”

On Sunday, back at his home base of Monmouth Park, “Jersey Joe” would guide Donegal Moon to his first graded stakes victory in the Grade 3 $100,000 Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds.

The Pegasus win for trainer Todd Pletcher would cap off a great weekend of riding for Bravo who began his career in 1988. The 45 year-old Jersey native has dominated that state’s racing scene since the early 90’s, winning nine riding titles at The Meadowlands and 13 titles at Monmouth Park.

The last couple of years have been a renaissance of sorts for Bravo who tallied 17 graded victories last season and is on pace for another stellar season with seven graded stakes wins in 2016.

For the week, Bravo won four times from his nine mounts with one second placing and led all North American riders with $474,960 in earnings.

Follow Bravo on Twitter.

JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, The Daily Racing Form, Equibase, Horse Racing Nation, The Jockeys’ Guild, The Paulick Report, The Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Baze’s Win Record: A Way of Life Beyond the Numbers

Beyond the tributes, remembrances and congratulations that are deservedly pouring in, the obvious question in the wake of Russell Baze’s retirement will be whether or not his daunting North American record for wins as a jockey will ever be eclipsed. The 57-year-old rider’s final career victory on June 11 at Golden Gate Fields—fittingly, on a horse named Vow to Be Tops (Broken Vow)—put Baze’s lifetime win mark at 12,842.

The second-through seventh riders on the North American all-time wins list—horsebacking luminaries such as Laffit Pincay, Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Pat Day, David Gall, Chris McCarron and Angel Cordero, Jr.—have all long since retired. That leaves Edgar Prado, ranked eighth all-time, to inherit the status as the continent’s winningest active rider with 6,899 victories.

Considering that Prado is 49 and has ridden 100 winners annually but once in the past five years, Baze’s record seems safe for the foreseeable future. The other active North American jockeys on the sport’s top 20 lifetime wins list also have lots of work to do to catch up: Mario Pino (6,720), Perry Ouzts (6,606), Kent Desormeaux (5,745) and John Velazquez (5,529).

On a global scale, 55-year-old South American jockey Jorge Ricardo, who is believed to be within 100 wins of Baze, remains active, although his exact number of lifetime wins could not immediately be determined.

But another question—more aesthetic than statistical—goes hand in hand with Baze’s lofty career win mark. Once he became established as a jockey, Baze made a decision to firmly root himself in Northern California, where he reigned supreme for parts of five decades riding primarily at Golden Gate Fields, the now-defunct Bay Meadows, and on the Northern California fairs circuit. Even while building a Hall-of-Fame career, he opted to remain close to his family on a daily basis rather than travel the country to chase the allure and fame of big-name races. This is often oversimplified as a “big fish/small pond” type of argument. But it would be a mistake to discredit the nobility that goes into any decision that involves looking out for the best interests of one’s spouse and children.

So with North American race dates shrinking, the number of annual races in a freefall, and entire circuits dropping off the grid entirely, will jockeys in the future be able to choose to remain in one place to build decades-long portfolios of accomplishments? Will the next generation of riders like Gall (who rode primarily at Fairmount Park near St. Louis), Ouzts (who currently rides the mid-level tracks in Ohio and Kentucky), and Carl Gambardella (a retired stalwart of the defunct but gritty New England circuit) be able to achieve top-20 lifetime rankings while competing close to home?

“There are plenty of places that it is difficult to ply your trade and maintain that strong commitment to raising a family correctly,” said the retired McCarron, who is well established in his post-riding career as a mentor for young jockeys. “But it all depends on the region that the jock is riding. If you’re in New York, you can ride there all year long. If you’re riding in Maryland, Southern California, Northern California, south Florida—same thing. There, you can do the right thing by your family to raise them and be there for them.”

But on many other circuits, achieving that balance isn’t so easy. Just off the top of his head, McCarron cited a number of former major-league racing regions—Chicago, Boston, even the geographically fragmented nature of Kentucky racing during the summer months—where year-round riding opportunities have dwindled since his own retirement in 2002.

For the record, McCarron doesn’t think Baze’s North American lifetime wins mark will ever be broken. But he added that “it’s like any other sport, you have to put it all in perspective.”

McCarron gave the example of how professional basketball scoring records changed dramatically in the 1970s because of the increase in games scheduled. Now nearly 40 years later, the sport is going through another statistical metamorphosis because of the explosion of three-point scoring that did not exist in that earlier era.

“Sports evolve, they change,” McCarron said. “So I don’t think it’s fair to compare one generation to another—even with horses themselves. I think it’s an exercise in futility to compare one generation to another, especially when you go back several generations.”

Pincay, who was the continent’s winningest jockey until Baze overtook him by recording career victory 9,531 on Dec. 1, 2006, also said he can’t see the North American record being cracked.

“Not in my lifetime, that’s for sure,” Pincay said with a laugh. “To tell you the truth, I think that record is going to stay forever. The changes in the game that [McCarron] mentioned are one reason, but I don’t think any other rider is ever going to win 12,000 races, or even come close. Just thinking about getting to 10,000, it’s almost unheard of.

“Russell was a great competitor. He was the kind of guy who was born to ride horses, and he loved doing what he was doing. You don’t see too many guys like him—always there, he lasted so long, always working, always trying to win, and pleasing everybody. I congratulate him. He left a legacy that is going to be very hard to be surpassed. I admire him not only for what he did and his work ethic, but for being a good man and a good family man.”

Pincay continued: “He wanted to be close to his family, and that’s the choice that he made. But I guarantee you that if he would have decided to come [permanently] to Southern California and make it over here, he eventually would have been a top rider. There’s no question about that.”

McCarron agreed: “If he had stuck it out [in SoCal], he definitely would have made it down there. There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s a world-class rider. Russell Baze and Laffit Pincay I believe are cut from the same cloth. Both of those guys have the most incredible dedication to their craft that I’ve ever seen in my life. Russell rode a $3,000 claimer like he was riding a $3 million race. And I have the utmost respect for that kind of approach to his job. I cannot say the same thing for myself. I rode a lot of horses that I really didn’t want to be on their backs. But whether Russell wanted to be on their backs or not, he went out there and gave his all every single time. And for that he’s got to be admired.”

Such admiration extends beyond Baze’s peers in the jockeys’ room.

“Each and every individual has to do what they’re comfortable with,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who partnered with Baze for numerous trips to the winner’s circle. “Russell has enough guts and enough brains to do what makes him happy and not listen to what everybody else says, so that contributed to his success. He’s a real happy person most of the time, probably because he made a choice [about calling the NoCal circuit home] and stuck with it.

“Most of my relationship with Russell has been a business relationship,” Hollendorfer continued. “We’re friends too, but we both have the same kind of attitude toward getting the job done; we both know we have to do a lot of work and preparation. And because of that, we ended up doing very well together. We trust each other. I’ve been very loyal to Russell, and he to me. I think it’s out of respect that both of us do that.”

When McCarron hung up his tack 14 summers ago, he retired as North America’s all-time money-winning rider. Currently he ranks sixth on that list, but he recalled the satisfaction of making the decision to go out on top while still healthy.

“I’m thrilled Russell decided to walk away on his own accord,” McCarron said. “For the rest of his life, he’s going to be able to say that he was the No. 1 rider.” -@thorntontd

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/bazes-win-record-a-way-of-life-beyond-the-numbers/


Monday, June 13, 2016

College of Health Sciences, Jockeys Guild Unveil Concussion Management Protocol Pilot Study

The University of Kentucky and the Jockeys Guild today announced a three-year pilot study, supported by a broad cross-section of Thoroughbred organizations, that is designed to evolve into the first comprehensive concussion management protocol for jockeys.

Carl Mattacola, the director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program and a professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky, will oversee the study at all of Kentuckys thoroughbred racetracks: Turfway Park, Keeneland Race Course, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. It is scheduled to begin this summer.

We want to give the jockeys who suffer head injuries the best science has to offer, and an important first step towards that goal is to generate data from which an appropriate management protocol can be developed, said Mattacola. This project will leverage the full resources and knowledge base of UKs Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) to help create the first national protocol for concussion management in jockeys.

For the study, jockeys will undergo a Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 3) test to develop a baseline score so that pre- and post-fall responses can be compared. The SCAT3 is an instrument used to assess sign/symptoms, physical, and cognitive function for concussion. A specialized health care provider trained in concussion assessment and sport injury will be available at each track to perform the assessments.

Mattacola said the jockeys will be required to have an active account with the Jockey Health Information System, which stores medical and injury information on riders and will serve as a database for the study.

By developing a comprehensive concussion management protocol for jockeys, racing is following the lead of other major sports such as the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, NCAA, and NASCAR and international horse racing authorities such as the British Horseracing Authority, the Irish Turf Club, and the FEI (international show jumping).

The pilot study and resulting concussion management protocol will finally bridge the gap that exists between horse racing and other major sports to further protect our human athletes, said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys Guild. We would like to thank all of the industry organizations that contributed to this important initiative.

The list of supporting organizations incudes the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Turfway Park, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, KTA-KOTB, The Jockey Club, Breeders Cup, TOBA, NTRA and the National HBPA.

A licensed athletic trainer, Mattacola received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and his Masters and PhD degrees in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. His research has focused on factors that relate to athletic injuries and rehabilitation.

 

Jockeys Guild Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in the United States, was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1,270 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. More information can be found at jockeysguild.com and facebook.com/jockeysguild.

The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 and its College of Health Sciences (CHS) was founded in 1966. The SMRI was launched last year with a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support injury prevention and performance optimization in the U.S. Special Forces, with an aim to incorporate applicable strategies for athletes of all ages.

Media Contact:  University of Kentucky -Kristi Lopez, (859) 323-6363

Jockeys Guild:  Terry Meyocks, 859-523-5625

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