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CHRB Agrees to Tackle Weight Issue

The California Horse Racing Board is ready to tackle a weighty issue: the scale. After hearing testimony from the Jockeys' Guild, CHRB chairman John Harris directed staff to develop a proposal to increase the minimum weight for riders and set healthier standards.

Kentucky Helmet Rule to Remain for Now

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A decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Monday to temporarily suspend a state rule requiring jockeys to wear a specific type of helmet will not immediately go into effect.

Kentucky Temporarily Changes Helmet Rule

Members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority are still getting an introduction to their new roles, but that didn't stop them from changing a notable racing rule during a Feb. 16 meeting. Eleven of the 12 members present voted to temporarily suspend the rule that mandates what type of helmets jockeys must wear.

Horsemen Tackle Issue of Payroll Fees for Jockeys

The issue of how jockeys are paid surfaced during the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association winter convention in New Orleans, and apparently it has created some conflict in some racing jurisdictions around the country.

Swan Re-Elected Jockeys' Guild Chairman

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Tomey Jean Swan was elected to her third term as chairman of the board of directors of the Jockeys' Guild at the 63rd annual National Assembly in Dallas, Tex.

Fined Derby Jockeys File Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in Kentucky circuit court Friday by 13 of the jockeys fined by Churchill Downs stewards for wearing a Jockeys' Guild patch during this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The suit asks for a reversal of the stewards' decision, which was upheld by the Kentucky Racing Commission in early October, on the grounds it is unconstitutional.

Jockey Ads Barred in Breeders' Cup; Concerns Continue

The California Horse Racing Board's decision earlier this year to suspend the rule that would allow jockey advertising for this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park was described as "bush league" June 17 by the founder of Jockeys Management Group.

Derby Riders May Be Disciplined for Wearing Logo

The Kentucky Racing Commission has summoned 14 of the 16 jockeys that rode in the Kentucky Derby to appear before the Churchill Downs stewards May 16 for wearing a "Jockeys Guild" logo on their pants in apparent violation of the Kentucky rules of racing.

Industry-Owned Insurance Company: Can It Work?

The idea of an industry-owned insurance company was floated during a major meeting on issues such as workers' compensation. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Jockeys' Guild called on the industry for financial support to alleviate a "crisis."

McGee Enters Handicapping Contest for Charity

Daily Racing Form correspondent Marty McGee will be competing for two charities in Gulfstream Park's inaugural Turf-Vivor Thoroughbred handicapping contest that began Friday. Any money McGee wins will go a special fund for Robert Williams, who lost his family in a car accident Feb. 15, and the Jockeys' Guild Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Individual Defendants to Remain Part of Guild Suit, For Now

Four jockeys and the chief executive of a California management firm running the Jockeys' Guild will remain part of a wrongful termination and slander suit filed by former Guild national manager, John Giovanni. A Fayette County circuit court judge on Friday asked attorneys on both sides to finish their depositions in the case and readdress the motion to dismiss later with more refined arguments.

Hearing in Jockeys' Guild Suit Postponed

A hearing to determine if five defendants should be dismissed from a lawsuit filed against the Jockeys' Guild by former national manager John Giovanni was postponed Wednesday due to illnesses by attorneys on both sides of the case.

CHRB Approves Proposed Account Wagering Regs, Elects New Chair

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The California Horse Racing board approved 15 proposed regulations for public notice Friday, setting the stage for account wagering to be in place in January after the proposed regulations pass through the administrative channels. The seven racing commissioners also voted unanimously to elect commissioner Alan Landsburg chairman.

Giovanni Sues Jockeys' Guild

John Giovanni, former head of the Jockeys' Guild, filed a lawsuit Sept. 20 alleging that he was slandered by Guild officers and illegally forced out of his position in June.

Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockey's Guild

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Quarter Horse jockey Tomey Jean Swan was named acting chairman of the board for the Jockeys' Guild Wednesday. Pat Day resigned as president of the organization June 21 after a contentious board meeting in which Matrix Capital Association was hired to manage the group's affairs. When Matrix was hired, the executive committee of the Guild fired all six staff members including national manager John Giovanni and all six regional managers (two were later rehired).

Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockeys' Guild

Tomey Jean Swan, a pioneer in the Quarter Horse industry, has been named acting chairman of the board of The Jockeys' Guild, which currently is undergoing a major reorganization. She was elected unanimously by the guild's executive committee, according to a prepared statement.

Who's Running The Guild?

Jerry Bailey, Jockeys' Guild president emeritus, is resigning Friday from his positions on the Guild's executive committee and board of directors. He is resigning because he believes a five-member majority of the executive committee acted too hastily in hiring Matrix Capital Associates to manage the Guild.

Day Resigns As Jockeys' Guild President

Citing philosophical differences with the organization, jockey Pat Day has resigned as president and as a member of The Jockeys' Guild. "There is a distinct philosophical difference that prohibits me from any longer being a part of the organization," Day told bloodhorse.com Tuesday.

Jockey Bonus For MATCH Series

The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series (MATCH) and The Jockeys' Guild announced a $10,000
bonus to the top jockey in the 2001 series. Jockeys will be awarded points based on their horse's finish in each race.

Jockeys' Guild Can't Pay For Health Insurance

Members of the Jockeys' Guild will not be having a very funny April Fool's Day. On April 1, the family health insurance policy covering 800 Guild members will expire. Because of skyrocketing premiums, Jockeys' Guild national manager John Giovanni said there is not enough money in the association's budget to continue making the premium payment

Jockeys' Guild Approves New Weight Scale

The Jockeys' Guild approved a new scale of weights it hopes will be adopted immediately by racing secretaries nationwide. The new scale increases the minimum weight to 116 pounds. "We're mainly concerned about the minimum," said John Giovanni, national manager for the Jockeys' Guild. "Each generation of jockeys is getting bigger and bigger. People are killing themselves to make weight."

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