Jockeys Guild News and Articles
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Guild Clarifies National Agenda
( Monrovia , California ) - Members of the Jockeys' Guild Board of
Directors have clarified the organization's test of a new California
law in connection with the Guild's previously announced national agenda
to improve pay and other benefits for riders in 2007, according to the
organization's National Manager, Dwight Manley.
"The Guild will
continue its aggressive efforts to persuade the California Horse Racing
Board to order payment for Roberto Gonzalez, an innocent jockey who
rode a winning horse later disqualified from a race in February 2005.
However, that situation is unique to California because of a recently
enacted state law there, and is not part of the Guild's national
efforts on behalf of jockeys," said Manley.
"The federal and
state legislative agenda for this year is aimed at improving the safety
and welfare of riders nationwide, and increasing their benefits, such
as higher mount fees and better health care coverage."
petition to the California Horse Racing Board in January, the Guild
emphasized that a state law enacted in 2005 (AB 1180) contains
provisions that permit the Racing Board to spare innocent jockeys from
economic harm when a horse is disqualified for illegal drugs.
strongly support jockey Roberto Gonzalez in this matter, but it is a
California-specific issue and not part of the Guild's national agenda,"
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Guild and Churchill Downs Settle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Churchill Downs Incorporated LOUISVILLE,
Ky. (March 21, 2007) - Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Jockeys'
Guild Inc. today announced that they had settled legal claims filed
against each other in U.S. District Court, Western District of
Kentucky, related to jockey boycotts of races at two Churchill
Downs-owned racetracks - Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and
Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind. - in November 2004. The settlement is
subject to the approval of Chief Judge John G. Heyburn.
and Jockeys' Guild Settle Legal Claims
Downs and its racetracks remain committed to the health, welfare and
safety of the jockeys who compete at our facilities, and we have made
progress on issues important to our Company and to the Jockeys' Guild
since the Guild's new management team was installed," said Steve
Sexton, who serves as an executive vice president for Churchill Downs
Incorporated as well as president of the Company's flagship facility,
Churchill Downs racetrack. "We are pleased to settle our legal
differences and put these matters behind us, and we look forward to
working with the Jockeys' Guild and its members as we prepare for our
2007 racing seasons."
"We are very excited about the resolution
of this issue with Churchill Downs and look forward to moving ahead
with what we believe will be a very progressive relationship between
the Jockeys' Guild and one of the nation's largest racing companies
that owns and operates the world's most prestigious sporting event, the
Kentucky Derby," said Dwight Manley, national manager of the Guild
which represents 1,300 riders. "We look forward to working with
Churchill Downs and its racetracks in ways that will benefit the
tracks, the riders and the entire racing industry."
As part of
the settlement, the Jockeys' Guild has entered into a federal Joint
Stipulation and Consent Order with Churchill Downs through which its
members and representatives have agreed to not directly or indirectly:
exchange, Churchill Downs-owned racetracks will resume making
contributions to the Jockeys' Guild in the form of "per starter" and
"per race day" fees that help support the Guild's programming and
operations. Additional terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
in efforts to affect the level of consideration for jockey services for
races at Churchill Downs-owned racetracks, including the level of
insurance for jockeys;
- refuse to provide jockey services at Churchill Downs-owned racetracks; and
- interfere with the Company's operations.
Downs Incorporated ("Churchill Downs"), headquartered in Louisville,
Ky., owns and operates world-renowned horse racing venues throughout
the United States. Churchill Downs' five racetracks in Florida,
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisiana host many of North America's
most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks,
Arlington Million, Princess Rooney Handicap, Louisiana Derby and
Indiana Derby. Churchill Downs' racetracks have hosted seven Breeders'
Cup World Championships. Churchill Downs also owns off-track betting
facilities and has interests in various advance deposit wagering,
television production, telecommunications and racing services companies
that support Churchill Downs' network of simulcasting and racing
operations. Churchill Downs trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market
under the symbol CHDN and can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
For more information, contact:
Julie Koenig Loignon
Churchill Downs Incorporated
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Ohio to require safety reins
by Frank Angst
Orginally published by Thoroughbred Times
Ohio horsemen will be required to supply their exercise riders and jockeys with safety reins beginning in 2008.
March 16, the Ohio State Racing Commission enacted rules that will
require horses on racetrack grounds be equipped with safety reins.
safety rein includes a wire or nylon cord stitched into the traditional
leather or nylon rein during the manufacturing process. The safety cord
is then attached to the bit with a metal clasp.
The safety reins
typically cost about $15 more than typical reins. The commission said
in order to save horsemen the expense of replacing all of their current
reins at the same time, the safety reins will not be required until
July 1, 2008.
The Jockeys' Guild has strongly supported the use of safety reins.
The Ohio laws also will require the use of safety reins with Standardbreds.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Aaron Gryder: 3,000 Wins
Orginally published by Bloodhorse
Jockey Aaron Gryder recorded the 3,000th victory of his career when he
guided Pressthepace to a gate-to-wire victory in the nightcap at Santa
Anita Park Wednesday.
The victory in the $25,000 maiden claiming
event for older horses snapped a 23-race losing streak since Gryder
drew to within one win of the milestone achievement.
great," said the 36-year-old Gryder. "It gives me a chance to reflect
back on all of the great races I have been fortunate enough to win." A
native of West Covina, Calif., Gryder returned to competition in
Southern California late last season after 12 years in the East. He was
joined in the winner's circle by fellow jockeys Jon Court and Richard
Migliore and his grandmother, among others.
"It's fun to do it
here in front of the mountains where I grew up," Gryder said. He said
he knew from the time he was 3 or 4 that he wanted to be a jockey. "It
was the the only job for me," he said.
Gryder rode his first
winner, Ragin Henry, at Caliente in Mexico on Jan. 18, 1987. Two years
later, he became the only apprentice jockey to lead a Hollywood Park
meeting when victorious in 31 races at the track's fall meet. He won a
career-best 211 races in 1991, but his most productive year was 1998
when his mounts earned more than $8.8 million including five graded
stakes. Gryder has won 27 races at the current Santa Anita meet to rank
fourth, 39 victories behind leader Gomez.
Grade I triumphs
include the 1987 Matriarch on Asteroid Field at Hollywood Park -- his
first graded stakes win -- and the '88 Beverly Hills Handicap with
Fitzwilliam Place, also at Hollywood, and in 1992, both the Hopeful
aboard Great Navigator at Saratoga and the Super Derby with Senor
Tomas. Gryder has nine riding titles to his credit, the last coming at
Aqueduct during the 2001 inner track stand.
The milestone win
came in a 5 1/2-furlong event. Pressthepace sped to the lead and won
clear by 2 3/4 lengths under left-handed urging for trainer Anthony
Saavedra. The winner paid $19.60.
The Jockeys' Guild wish to congratulate Aaron on this achievement!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Manley/Jackson to Ghana
Dwight Manley Accompanies Rev. Jesse Jackson to Ghana
Guild National Manager, Dwight Manley, accompanied Guild consultant and
civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson, on a nearly week-long goodwill
mission to Ghana to mark that country's 50th anniversary of
independence on March 6.
They traveled with members of the
Congressional Black Caucus, including Representative Bobby Rush
(D-Illinois), the Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce,
Trade and Consumer Protection. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction
involving the Federal Trade Commission, including sports-related
"I was honored to be included in this overseas mission
to Ghana. We celebrated the achievements and freedom of the past half
century and looked to the next 50 years of the country's growth," said
Rev. Jackson, Manley and others in the group
participated in golden jubilee celebrations in Ghana's capital, Accra,
and met with President John A. Kufour and many of the leaders from 50
nations who also attended the independence anniversary events.
was formerly called The Gold Coast. It became the first country in
Africa south of the Sahara to gain independence from colonial rule on
March 6, 1957. The theme of the 50th anniversary year is "Championing
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