The Jockeys' Guild will move its annual assembly to Arizona this year, becoming part of the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming held in Tucson each December, Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said April 6.
Traditionally, members of the Guild assemble in Las Vegas during the first week of December. Meyocks said the decision to become a part of the symposium was made in order to facilitate continuing positive relations between the riders and key industry figures.
"The arrangement is more tied into the industry," Meyocks said. "Racetrack managers are there, the press is there, (racing) commissioners are there--it makes sense."
"We think its a great idea, and I think it's a benefit to the industry because, like so many other stakeholders, (jockeys are) an important part of the business," said Doug Reed, director of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.
The jockeys will hold their traditional board meetings Monday of symposium week, then participate in crossover agendas Tuesday, Reed said. Typical issues discussed during Guild assemblies include health and safety initiatives, media rights fees, and opportunities in corporate sponsorship.
The 36th symposium will be held Dec. 7-10 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson.