2015 MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JOCKEYS’ GUILD

Jockeys GuildLEXINGTON, KY (January 5, 2015) Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys from around the country will be in attendance during the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly January 18-20 at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida.

The Assembly is taking place following the Eclipse Award ceremony, being held on January 17 at Gulfstream Park.

“While recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Guild and its accomplishments, we will also focus on the future and priorities moving forward,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “In addition we will be discussing integrity issues and raising awareness of our riders for the benefit of the entire industry.”

“While we realize that many tracks are conducting holiday racing on January 19, all Guild members should make it a priority to attend the Assembly,” said John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild. “Even if it means arriving on Monday evening to attend Tuesday’s sessions, it is vital for all members to join us to provide input and feedback on the issues and future priorities of the Guild.”

A welcome cocktail party is planned for Sunday evening at the Diplomat Resort. On Monday, in addition to the morning sessions, an awards banquet will be held at Gulfstream Park. That evening, the Jockeys’ Guild will present the Lafitt Pincay, Jr. Award to Gary Stevens, the Jacky Martin Award to Eddie Garcia, and the Eddie Arcaro Award to Corey Johnsen, President of Kentucky Downs. Jockeys Anne Von Rosen and Michael Straight, who have both suffered catastrophic on-track injuries, will be recognized with the Jockeys’ Guild Courage Award. Past and present executives who have played an important role in the Guild’s history will also be recognized. Tuesday’s morning and afternoon sessions will include industry and safety updates and presentations from industry leaders. After the presentations, there will be a closed afternoon session which will include the formal induction of the newly elected senate members as well as the election of the Board of Directors.

The final agenda will be released later this week.

Sponsors for this year’s assembly include The Jockey Club, Xpressbet, Daily Racing Form, American Quarter Horse Association, Morgan Stanley and Duralock.

Contact: Jockeys’ Guild 859-523-5625

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.