Jockeys' Guild Meeting Jan. 27-29

Jockeys' Guild to host meeting in Florida.

Press Release
January 24, 2013

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The country's Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys will be learning about advances in safety equipment, medical breakthroughs, race day medication and building awareness of jockey issues during the 2013 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly to be held January 27–29 in Hollywood, Florida.

Guild members also will determine next steps in efforts to convince all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse track operators to contribute to the Guild for jockey benefits, including disability insurance as well as supplemental assistance for the Guild’s permanently disabled members.

"The jockey injuries of the past year, including my own, have reinforced my resolve to do everything possible to improve safety for jockeys,” said John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild.  “Since it is a dangerous sport, we must focus the entire industry on issues that improve the well-being of jockeys and their families. It's time all track operators live up to their moral obligations to invest in the health and well-being of the men and women who contribute so much to the success of this industry.”

In addition, Guild members will hear from former NFL star Raghib “Rocket” Ismail during the Guild’s awards luncheon. Ismail will address the jockeys, “from one athlete to another," on issues common to professional athletes.  Also at that luncheon, awards will be presented to notable Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys, as well as to others who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Here is a partial list of speakers during the Assembly:

Rob Vito, Founder and CEO of Unequal Technologies Company, will show the latest advancements in sports equipment that reduce the possibility of concussions and injuries;

Dr. James Guest from the Miami Project will update members on the latest treatments for concussions, as well as advances in spinal cord research;

Dan Mawby from MawSafe Running Rails will explain the technology behind new safer track rails that can be used to reduce accidents resulting in injuries:

Nancy LaSala from the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund will update members on the financial needs that exist affecting the care of jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries;

Jim Gagliano and Jamie Haydon from The Jockey Club will discuss race day medication issues, protecting the sport’s integrity and increasing awareness of the industry’s human stars;

Stephen Burn, President and CEO of TVG Network, will explain the new “Exchange Wagering” option, plus the importance of TVG to the racing industry.  

“All Guild members should attend this Assembly,” said G.R. Carter Jr., Vice Chairman of the Guild. “As we have seen, any one of us could go down during a race at any time. It’s vital for all members join us to provide input and feedback on the issues and future priorities of the Guild.”

Sponsors for this year’s Assembly include the Daily Racing Form, Xpressbet, The Jockey Club, and AQHA. 

The 2013 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly will be held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.  For more information on the Assembly, contact the Jockeys’ Guild office at (859) 523-5625 or 866-465-6257.

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 950 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 at www.jockeysguild.com and www.facebook.com/jockeysguild.