Representatives of jockeys' organizations from around the world gathered at Monmouth Park Sept. 13 for the first session of a two-day meeting of the International Conference on Health, Safety, and Welfare of Jockeys.
By Morton Cathro - Now that synthetic surfaces appear to be doing the job they were designed to do -- that is, prolong the lives and limbs of Thoroughbred racehorses -- it may be time to act on long-sought legislation that would prolong the lives and limbs of the athletes who ride those horses.
An eminent European doctor contends that jockey weights should be raised by a stone (14 pounds) if racing is to effectively tackle the problems associated with rapid weight loss.
California Horse Racing Board commissioner Richard Shapiro plans to testify about the Jockeys' Guild before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Nov. 17.
Minimum riding weights in Ireland could soon rise sharply following the preliminary results of a study into the body weights of jockeys and evidence of dehydration.
For the second time in less than nine months, the California Horse Racing Board approved a 45-day public comment period for a series of rule changes that would replace the scale of weights assigned to horses starting in the state.
Jockeys' Guild attorney Barry Broad said Jan. 20 he hoped to have legislation introduced this year that would prevent individuals with financial interest in the business from serving on the California Horse Racing Board.
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