The Jockeys’ Guild and representatives of Kentucky’s horsemen's groups have agreed to increase how much jockeys are paid for losing mounts at the state’s tracks.
During a Feb. 1 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s rules committee, which agreed to send the pay scale along to the full commission for approval, the Guild said the agreements means an increase of $5 per losing mount, with a sliding scale based on the purse.
For example, the losing mount fee (for horses that finish fifth or lower) for races with purses up to $9,999 would increase from $45 to $50. At the top end, the losing mount fees would be $110 for races worth $100,000 and above.
Also, the agreement increases the fee for fourth-place finishes, ranging from $55 for the lowest level of races going up to $90 for races in the $50,000-$99,999 purse range. Mounts in races worth more than $100,000 would pay fourth-place jockeys 5% of the purse.
Both groups representing horsemen in the state—the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association—signed off on the new pay scale.
Marty Maline, executive director of the KHBPA, said the organization would be open to increasing jockey mount fees if the Kentucky horse industry succeeded in obtaining alternative gaming at racetracks.
Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said the state’s jockeys, who have been seeking increases in mount fees, are empathetic to the financial plight facing Kentucky horse owners and trainers and would work with horsemen in trying to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.
The full racing commission will consider the new mount fees Feb. 9.