Churchill Downs Inc. and the Jockeys' Guild announced Aug. 11 they have reached a three-year agreement on CDI's support of the Guild and its member jockeys. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
A CDI release said the casino- and track-operating company agreed to continue to contribute funds to the Jockeys' Guild to help jockeys who are members of the Guild and ride in the United States. CDI tracks included as part of the deal are Churchill Downs racetrack, Arlington International Racecourse, and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
"This agreement continues our strong support of the Jockey's Guild and the jockeys who compete not only at our facilities, but across the country," Bill Carstanjen, CDI president and chief operating officer said in a statement. "We look forward to further building on our positive relationship with both the Guild and our jockeys to better ensure the well-being and safety of these talented athletes."
"We are pleased with the renewal of the agreement with CDI and the furthering of our working relationship with CDI and each of its Thoroughbred racetracks," said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys' Guild.
Meyocks said funds from the agreement will be used to provide benefits, including life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance and temporary disability to active Guild members, as well as life insurance and aid to our permanently disabled members.
"We also use these funds to provide the active, qualifying jockeys who regularly ride at CDI racetracks with supplemental health care reimbursements," Meyocks added.