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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Rivera Named Regional Mgr

For immediate release
December 20, 2006

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Dwight Manley, (949) 719-1966
Herbie Rivera (813) 598-3772

Jockeys' Guild Names Distinguished
Jockey, Herbie Rivera, Regional Manager

Former jockey, Heriberto "Herbie" Rivera Jr., winner of more than 3,200 races during his distinguished 23 year career, has been appointed an East Coast Regional Manager of the 1,300-member Jockeys' Guild.

Since retiring from riding, Rivera served as a state steward in Florida for three years and in Michigan the past four years. Rivera rode from 1977 to 1999 and was the 83rd jockey to win 3,000 races.

"He is very highly respected in the racing community, and he brings a great level of credibility to the jockeys and the Guild," said Dwight Manley, Jockeys' Guild National Manager.

Jockeys' Guild President, John Velazquez, commented: "He is a great asset to the Guild because he is recognized and respected everywhere in the country and in the entire industry."

Manley explained that Rivera's extensive experience and his bilingual skill will be help the organization make significant progress.

"I recently met with jockeys in Pennsylvania, and at some tracks 65 or 70 percent of them speak Spanish. There was good reaction when I was able to explain issues and the Guild's work in Spanish," said Rivera.

"I've been a member of the Guild for 28 years, and the riders appreciated that I bring to the table my experience as a jockey and the Spanish language. And, once a jockey, always a jockey!"


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