With the hearing still fresh in their memory, 27 members of the Jockeys' Guild Senate met by teleconference on Nov. 15. During the lengthy call, the panel changed the bylaws so they could elect a new board of directors -- which promptly fired Gertmenian.
Haire, the newly elected leader, and a number of jockeys then moved into the guild's Monrovia office. Within hours, Haire said, Gertmenian and Fiss appeared and demanded that they leave.
Haire said that as he bent over to pick up some papers, Gertmenian pushed him to the floor. Atkinson said Fiss used his size and weight advantage to shove jockeys out of the office: "Albert was charging us like a football player."
Barry Broad, a Sacramento attorney who represents the guild, said the guild told the FBI and Monrovia police that Gertmenian "took valuable assets," including Bill Shoemaker's autographed boot. A Monrovia police spokesman confirmed that the department's investigation into the Nov. 15 scuffle is continuing.