October 19, 2005 |
Members of a congressional subcommittee investigating the Jockeys' Guild harshly criticized guild officials Tuesday in Washington. After listening to guild officials, former guild officials and jockeys testify, Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said: "I have the feeling I've walked into the middle of a Dr. Seuss novel. Where events never happened in a town that never existed." The subcommittee, chaired by Edward Whitfield (D-Ky.), questioned L.
March 4, 2005 |
Churchill Downs Inc., trying to protect its tracks from possible jockey walkouts that could include the Kentucky Derby, announced Thursday that it was suing the Jockeys' Guild. The suit, filed against the 1,200-member guild in a federal court in Louisville, seeks injunctions that would prevent a riders' boycott similar to what happened in November at Churchill Downs and one of its sister tracks, Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind. Fourteen jockeys declined to ride on Nov.
December 12, 2006 |
California jockeys, concerned that their costs for health insurance will skyrocket in 2007, are organizing to perhaps buy coverage other than that being offered by the Jockeys' Guild. California riders were stunned last week when the guild's national insurance plan was unveiled at the guild's annual assembly in Las Vegas. "My phone was ringing off the hook," said jockey Joey Castro, who rides in Northern California. "The rates for a rider and his family would be going up, on average, about 125%.
June 30, 2006 |
The size of the athletes Dwight Manley represents is about to shrink. The problems they face, however, are huge. Once the agent for former NBA All-Star Karl Malone, Manley is preparing to represent a lot of 5-foot-4, 115-pound jockeys as head of the troubled Jockeys' Guild. Manley and the Rev. Jesse Jackson have formed a surprising alliance and plan to help athletes whose benefits and pay Manley said were "stuck in the past."
November 16, 2005 |
L. Wayne Gertmenian's tumultuous term as president and chief executive of the Jockeys' Guild ended Tuesday when the organization's reconstituted board of directors fired him and his consulting company. Gertmenian, an economics professor at Pepperdine University recommended by jockey Chris McCarron before the guild hired him in 2001, lost face after a congressional subcommittee severely criticized him during a hearing in Washington last month.
December 13, 2006 |
The bad old days may be a thing of the past for the Jockeys' Guild, but the national organization for race riders is still more than a flip of the switch away from recovering respectability and earning industry respect. "The jockeys are the redheaded stepchild of the industry again," said Eddie King, a New Jersey jockey who was removed as treasurer in 2002 when he questioned the status of the Disabled Jockeys' Fund and other guild finances.