Jockeys Guild News and Articles
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Meier Earns 4,000th win
Jockey Randy Meier earned his 4,000th career win by guiding first-time
starter Officer Frank to a nine-length victory in the second race on
Sunday at Arlington Park .
"I want to thank everyone in Chicago
," the 52-year-old Meier said. "I think I've ridden for just about
everyone here. From the little person to the big outfit, I wouldn't be
here with 4,000 wins if it wasn't for them. Arlington is a great home
Meier, who earned his first career win in 1972 at
Fonner Park in Grand Island , Nebraska , was presented with a bronze
horse to commemorate his milestone victory. He was joined in the
winner's circle by Arlington Park Chairman Richard Duchossois, track
President Roy Arnold, Vice President of Racin Kevin Greeley.
riders doused Meier with champagne and also threw cake in his face
during a special ceremony that was also witnessed by his daughter
Emily, who is Arlington 's marketing coordinator; son Brandon, an
aspiring jockey who hopes to begin riding in 2008;and agent Penny
Officer Frank led throughout a 5 1/2-furlong
maiden special weight race and drew off in hand. The Officer colt's
winning time of 1:03.10 was a track record on Arlington 's Polytrack
"I knew when I was going around the turn I was sitting on a ton of horse," Meier said. "It feels great to get it done."
has compiled $55,814,994 in purse earnings since 1976. From 29,743
mounts, he has also ridden 3,643 runners-up and 3,514 third-place
finishers through Saturday.
A West Point, Nebraska , native,
Meier has earned nine of his wins in graded stakes races. He won the
1999 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (G3) aboard Supreme Sound (GB), and
won the same race two years later with Duckhorn.
Meier has been
riding at Arlington since 1982, and is tenth on the track's all-time
leading riders list with 644 victories. Meier is also the all-time
leading rider in terms of wins at Hawthorne Race Course and the now
defunct Sportsman's Park.
The Guild would like to congratulate Randy Meier!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Jockeys Reach Milestones
Jockeys Grabowski, Feliciano Reach MilestonesJockey John
A. Grabowski earned career victory number 3,000 Sept. 8, guiding
Diamond Hard Cut to a gate-to-wire triumph by two lengths at Finger
Lakes Racetrack in upstate New York.
Grabowski, 44, a native of
Coalinga, Calif., ranks second in the current jockey standings at
Finger Lakes with 93 wins from 405 mounts and earnings of $1,246,497
through Sept. 8. He trails the leader, John Davila Jr., by 13 victories.
Diamond Hard Cut, a 5-year-old gelding, won the one-mile, 40-yard event for $4,000 claiming horses in a time of 1:43 1/5.
has won six Finger Lakes Racetrack riding titles. He holds the record
there for the most wins in a season, tallying 233 in 2000. He also owns
the track's mark for stakes wins in a season with nine, which he
established in 2001. He was the subject of the first ever bobblehead
giveaway at Finger Lakes last year.
Jockey Richard Feliciano
also reached a personal milestone of 1,000 victories Sept. 8 when he
rode Robyn's Dream to victory in the seventh race at Mountaineer Park.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Meyocks named Manager
Industry insider named head of Jockeys' GuildMEYOCKS RUNS LEXINGTON-BASED COMPANY
Orignially published on Kentucky.com
By Alicia Wincze
His ties with the jockey community were formed before he was old enough to place his first bet.
Now, it has become Terry Meyocks' job to help guide the riders he has followed virtually his entire life.
day after Dwight Manley announced his resignation as national manager
of the Jockeys' Guild, former New York Racing Association president
Meyocks signed a two-year agreement to take over the role effective
Earlier this year, Meyocks -- a third generation
horseman -- and former Equibase president Philip T. O'Hara Jr. formed
the Lexington-based Meyocks and O'Hara Racing Enterprises to pursue
strategic acquisitions and provide management services within the
In his new role, Meyocks will be completely
involved in the day-to-day operations with the guild while O'Hara will
assist in the management of the guild's business affairs.
guild is very pleased to be able to appoint as national manager an
industry leader with the stature of Terry Meyocks," said jockey John
Velazquez, chairman of the board of directors of the Jockeys' Guild.
"This appointment shows that the guild is becoming stronger and more
Manley stepped down as national manager on Wednesday citing family reasons.
was named to the position last July after the guild ousted former
national manager L. Wayne Gertmenian in December 2005 amid allegations
of financial mismanagement.
Whereas Manley was a relative
newcomer to the industry when he came into the position, Meyocks has
been ingrained in racing since his childhood.
His father, Paul Blair Meyocks, was a noted jockey agent who handled such prominent riders as Earlie Fires and Steve Cauthen.
starting his career as racing secretary at Calder Race Course in 1979,
Terry Meyocks went on to work as director of racing at Gulfstream Park
before joining the NYRA as vice president of racing in 1993.
is something that has been dear to me my whole life," said Meyocks,
whose daughter, Abby, is married to jockey Javier Castellano. "I've
been to so many hospitals and first-aid rooms when jockeys get hurt. I
love this sport and this is an opportunity to work together with the
industry to help both the thoroughbred and quarter horse jockeys."
said the ongoing matter of securing affordable health insurance for
jockeys as well as raising per mount fees will be among the first
issues he plans to address.
The guild currently offers a health
insurance plan for riders, but considering many jockeys must get by on
the $40-45 they earn per mount, it's often difficult for them to afford
the premiums, according to the guild's Midwest regional manager, Jeff
"I think Terry is a perfect fit for this role right
now and I look forward to working with him," Johnston said. "Hopefully
this appointment assures the industry that the guild has turned itself
around and away from the Dr. (Gertmenian) school of confrontation and
wants to work with the industry regarding the health and welfare of our
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