The Jockeys' Guild election to replace its 27-member senate is under way. Ballots, in both English and Spanish, were sent to about 1,000 voting members and are due June 3.
"The ballots went out to the active members' permanent addresses," Guild spokeswoman Angie Gimmel said. "We are looking at other options too to get the ballots in their hands because they move around so much."
The ballots are being returned to an independent certified public accountant in Louisville, Ky., and Gimmel said the goal is to announce the results on or before June 6.
Under an amended bylaw that was approved in March, nine senators will be elected from three regions, and members choose which region in which they will vote. If they vote in more than one region or for more than nine people, their ballot will be disqualified.
The three regions are: Western (west of the Missouri River), Central (Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama), and Eastern (the remaining eastern states). In the Western region, at least three of the senators must be Quarter Horse riders.
"It's a little awkward, but they have determined it is the fairest way to determine who is going to represent them and to keep from overloading one region," Gimmel said.
In all, 58 jockeys have placed their names on the ballot. Previously, one senate position was given to almost every track in the country that raced for at least five weeks.
The new senate will be in charge of electing a new board of directors and officers and selecting a national manager or management team. Darrell Haire is the interim national manger after the Guild fired Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and his top aides last November.
"They have gotten a number of resumes back on that," Gimmel said. "But no decision has been made, and as it stands now, it would not be until the new board is in place."
Here are the jockeys running for the 27 senate seats:Eastern region:
Josiah Hampshire Jr.
Jose Velez Jr.Central region:
Rex Stokes III
Mike ZieglerWestern region:
Jose Valdivia Jr.Quarter Horse riders:
James Gonzales II