LEXINGTON, KY (DECEMBER 30, 2014) The Jockeys’ Guild announced today that 27 Guild members have been elected to the organization’s Senate, including seven new Senate members, Russell Baze, Dennis Carr, Julien Leparoux, Leslie Mawing, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Jesus Sanchez, and Elvis Trujillo.

Among other responsibilities, the Senate determines the levels of dues and assessments and selects the Board members, including Chairman of the Board. Senate members are elected for a two-year term and will be formally inducted at the Guild’s Annual Meeting to be held in Hollywood, FL on January 19th and 20th, 2015.

“The Guild sincerely appreciates the work and support of the previous Senate members and looks forward to working with the newly elected members to further the goals of the Guild,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “The Guild is the organization providing a voice for the riders in the industry and it is essential that we have dedicated jockeys who are actively involved.”

The list of Guild Senate members follows:


  • Joe Bravo
  • Abel Castellano, Jr.
  • Javier Castellano
  • Mike Luzzi
  • Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Edgar Prado
  • Sheldon Russell
  • Jesus Sanchez
  • John R. Velazquez


  • Robby Albarado
  • Alex Birzer
  • Joel Campbell
  • Jon Court
  • James Graham
  • Brian Hernandez, Jr.
  • Julien Leparoux
  • Glen Murphy
  • Rodney Prescott


  • Russell Baze
  • Dennis Carr
  • G.R. Carter
  • Cody Jensen
  • Casey Lambert
  • Leslie Mawing
  • Mike Smith
  • Joe Talamo
  • Elvis Trujillo

The 27 Senate members are elected by fellow members of the Guild, with nine from each of three regions.

Contact: Jockeys’ Guild (859) 523-5625 or 1-866-465-6257

About the Guild
Jockeys’ Guild, Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in the United States, was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1150 members, including active, retired and disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, to obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys. More information at www.jockeysguild.com and www.facebook.com/jockeysguild.