Jockeys Guild News and Articles
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Richard Mena: Chaplain
Jockeys' Guild Names Richard Mena as Chaplain(Monrovia , California ) -- The Board of Directors of the Jockeys' Guild has named Richard Mena as the organization's Chaplain.
A former thoroughbred owner who has been serving as a chaplain for over four years, Mena has conducted numerous Bible study groups in jockeys' rooms in the Southern California area, and through a web site, www.RacetrackBibleStudy.com.
"My mission is to continue spreading the Good Word, sharing the real character of God: the way, the truth and the light," he explained.
"In addition to providing spiritual guidance for riders, Chaplain Mena will be helping to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. He is passionate about both the physical and spiritual well-being of the riders," said Dwight Manley, National Director of the Jockeys' Guild.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Nolan gets 1000th Win
Jockey Nolan earns 1,000th career winOriginally published by Thoroughbred Times
Paul Nolan earned his 1,000th career win by guiding Hurricane Bernie to
a front-running three-length win in the $45,000 Canterbury Park Lassie
Stakes on Saturday.
Nolan began riding professionally in 1990
and has compiled purse earnings of $10,386,690 through Saturday. In
9,583 career starts, he also has posted 1,137 runner-up finishes and
1,161 third-place finishes.
Nolan has earned 35 of his wins in
stakes races. He posted his most lucrative victory aboard K Z Bay in
the $115,000 Lady Canterbury Breedersâ€™ Cup Stakes in 1997.
leads the Canterbury rider standings with 49 wins through Saturday. He
has compiled purse earnings of $5,707,929 at the Shakopee, Minnesota ,
track, the fourth-highest all-time total earned among Canterbury riders.
Nolan has also made 4,030 career starts at Canterbury , the second-highest all-time total among riders at the track.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Horse Owners/Trainers Sued
Jockeys Sue Illinois Horse Owners and Trainers(Chicago, IL) -
In a dispute over wages that have gone up only slightly in 22 years,
the Jockeys' Guild and veteran rider Earlie Fires have filed an
anti-trust lawsuit against the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's
Association (ITHA), Association President Frank J. Kirby and all of the
approximately 300 owners and trainers of horses that raced at Arlington
Park Race Track since May first.
The Guild and Fires are
representative plaintiffs on behalf of a class of all licensed
professional jockeys who have ridden at Arlington Park Race Track since
The suit alleges the trainers and horsemen violated
anti-trust laws by engaging "in a group conspiracy to depress fees,"
and that the defendants received "unjust enrichment" by refusing to
increase fees paid to riders at Arlington Park.
Jockeys have received only one $5 increase since 1985, and currently receive a minimum $55 mount fee.
been nearly a quarter century since the last major increase to provide
livable wages for hundreds of jockeys who risk disabling injuries every
time they ride. Being a professional jockey is one of the most
dangerous jobs in America. An average of 2,500 injuries involving
jockeys are recorded every year," said Dwight Manley, National Manager
of the Jockeys' Guild.
"After months of negotiations this
spring, the Guild reached a good faith, tentative agreement with
representatives of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to
raise fees. However, the Association's Board then rejected the modest
$30 increase that would have raised the minimum mount fee to $85."
May first, dozens of jockeys notified the ITHA and Arlington Park
officials about specific fees they will accept as compensation at
Arlington Park, effective immediately. Unlike some other states, the
Illinois Racing Board does not regulate racing fees paid to jockeys.
lawsuit claims the defendants have been aware since May first they were
entering into a contract to pay the jockeys' fees, but have failed to
pay them and refused to permit owners and trainers to pay any increases
through the Horsemen's Bookkeeper," said Thomas D. Allison of the
Chicago law firm of Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy who filed the suit
on behalf of the Guild and jockeys.
"The lawsuit states that
the actions of the ITHA and other defendants constitute a restraint of
trade and unlawful conspiracy under Illinois anti-trust laws," said
The Jockeys' Guild represents more than 1,200 riders
nationwide. Fires is known as the "Dean" of Arlington Park jockeys. He
has over 6,400 career victories, and was inducted into the National
Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2001.
The lawsuit is
Jockeys' Guild et al vs. Frank J. Kirby et al, and was filed on Friday,
June 29, 2007, in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook
County, Illinois. It is docket number 07CH17231.
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