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June 6, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Stevens, one of the country's top jockeys and runner-up to Jerry Bailey in the 1995 Eclipse voting, is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left shoulder next Wednesday and will be sidelined three to six months, according to his agent, Ron Anderson. After riding Binthar Dundat in the first race and Consort Miss in the third on Wednesday, Stevens, 33, took off his final two mounts and was seen in the track's first-aid department, near the jockey's room.
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June 6, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Stevens, one of the country's top jockeys and runner-up to Jerry Bailey in the 1995 Eclipse voting, is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left shoulder next Wednesday and will be sidelined three to six months, according to his agent, Ron Anderson. After riding Binthar Dundat in the first race and Consort Miss in the third on Wednesday, Stevens, 33, took off his final two mounts and was seen in the track's first-aid department, near the jockey's room.
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June 8, 1994 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still bothered by a lingering virus, Eddie Delahoussaye has given up the mount on Strodes Creek in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Delahoussaye replaced Corey Black on the Halo colt for the Kentucky Derby and they finished second behind Go For Gin. Jerry Bailey, who has ridden Strodes Creek in his New York workouts for trainer Charlie Whittingham, will fill in for Delahoussaye.
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June 8, 1994 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still bothered by a lingering virus, Eddie Delahoussaye has given up the mount on Strodes Creek in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Delahoussaye replaced Corey Black on the Halo colt for the Kentucky Derby and they finished second behind Go For Gin. Jerry Bailey, who has ridden Strodes Creek in his New York workouts for trainer Charlie Whittingham, will fill in for Delahoussaye.
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December 2, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The galloping billboards that might have been on display when the Santa Anita season opens on Dec. 26 have been put on hold by the California Horse Racing Board. In a partnership with horse owners and track proprietors, jockeys had hoped to be able to sell advertising space on the equipment that they and their horses wear, but Bob Tourtelot, chairman of the racing board, wants to wait until the board's next meeting, in January, before reconsidering a proposal that would have cleared the way.
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December 13, 2006 | Bill Christine, Special to The Times
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.
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December 15, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For winning 433 races, 72 more than any other jockey, Russell Baze received two votes out of 274 cast for the Eclipse Award in 1992. Although Baze has won 400 races again this year, clinching another national title, the thought that he will do just as badly in another Eclipse vote is not humbugging his Christmas. "The voting's up to the guys doing the vote," Baze said in that aw-shucks, down-home way of his. "It would be nice to get one (an Eclipse Award).
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December 31, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Jockeys' Guild and the Thoroughbred Racing Assns., close to an impasse over insurance coverage that would have resulted in second-string jockeys riding at tracks throughout the country Sunday, reached an unexpected agreement Friday afternoon. When entries were drawn for Sunday's card Friday morning, all the big-name jockeys but Pat Valenzuela were expected to be on strike. Trainers grabbed whatever riders were available.
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December 9, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breakage? Until a couple of weeks ago, Gary Stevens thought that was what happened when a jockey went down in a spill and was crushed by the horse. "I've been in racing most of my life," said Stevens, who was grooming horses as an 8-year-old in 1971. "But until I went to that meeting at Hollywood Park, this breakage stuff was something I'd never heard of." That meeting was in late November, another in a series between the Jockeys' Guild and the Thoroughbred Racing Assns.
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July 21, 2004 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Tucked inside the jockeys' room at Hollywood Park are quarters of private suffering. In back is a large, glass-windowed sauna, known in the riders' vernacular as the hot box, or sweat box. There, jockeys wring water and pounds from their bodies, sweating in stifling temperatures for up to three hours a day, some of them working out on a step machine as they swelter. "I've seen some guys pull seven, eight pounds," Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith said. "That's ridiculous."
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November 12, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE
The next sport that could be shut down because of a labor dispute is horse racing, which might have a severe jockey shortage on Jan. 1 if the tracks and the riders don't reach an agreement on health and accident insurance. "I don't think the jockeys will ride without a contract," said John Giovanni, national manager of the Jockeys' Guild, whose members ride 85%-90% of the horses in the United States.
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