New York Horsemen And Jockeys’ Guild Reach Agreement On New Losing Mount Fee Schedule

Jockeys’ Guild Press Release   NYTHA and NYRA Jockeys Commit to Funding for PDJF and Aftercare The Jockeys’ Guild and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have reached an agreement to increase the losing mount fees for jockeys at the NYRA tracks. It is the first change in the losing mount fee schedule for NYRA’s riders since 2008. The new fee schedule, which lines up with the new NYRA purse distribution, will be launched for the Saratoga meet that opens July 20. NYRA purses are divided as follows: 55% for first, 20% for second, 12% for third, 6% for fourth, 4% for fifth and 3% divided from sixth through last. “Through what were highly constructive negotiations with the Guild, we were able to reach what we believe is an equitable arrangement for the NYRA riders,” NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum said. “We all know the risks that the riders face on a daily basis, and we are fortunate to have such an elite jockey colony in New York. “We are also pleased to announce that, as part of the deal, NYTHA will underscore our commitment to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” Appelbaum continued. “Since 2014, we have contributed $1 per mount, which has totaled around $17,000 a year. Going forward, we will guarantee a $20,000 annual donation to the PDJF.” New York’s horsemen also donate $5 per start to...

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Former Canterbury Park jockey Paul Nolan is on a difficult road to recovery

By Rachel Blount (Star Tribune) All the details remain clear in Paul Nolan’s mind, 14 months after that terrifying day at Will Rogers Downs. How his horse stepped in a hole and buckled as he galloped past the finish line in the eighth race. How his body “went fuzzy” as he lay in the Oklahoma dirt, unable to move his limbs, after his mount rolled over on him twice. And how, when the longtime Canterbury Park jockey realized the fate that awaited him, he considered that death might be his best option. “I was scared,” Nolan said, his voice dropping to a whisper. “I couldn’t breathe. At that moment, I thought, ‘If I just stick my face in the dirt real hard, I could finish it.’ I didn’t know if I could live like this.” To Nolan, that meant relying on a wheelchair, spending days in painful physical therapy, learning how to walk again and regain full use of his arms and hands. That has been his life’s work since April 18, 2017, when his four-decade career in one of sports’ most perilous professions was halted by a deep contusion to his C3 vertebra. Every jockey knows that every time they step onto the racetrack, their ride could end in death, paralysis, lengthy hospital stays or seven-figure medical bills. According to the Jockeys’ Guild, 157 riders have died on the...

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TVG, Jockeys’ Guild Announce Telethon for PDJF

Fans Encouraged to Donate by Calling 1-888-TVG-PDJF PDJF Contact:  Nancy Lasala, email nancy.lasala@yahoo.com or 630-595-7660 TVG Contact:  Haley King, hking@ctpboston.com March 30, 2018 For Immediate Release The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is delighted to announce on Sunday, April 8th, their first telethon live on the TVG Network, in association with Betfair.  America’s racing community will join together to support the great work of the PDJF, which provides benefits to nearly 60 former riders each month who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Superstar guest jockeys of today and yesterday will be waiting at the other end of the line from 1 pm to 8 pm ET.  Viewers, players or fans can call 1-800-TVG-PDJF to say hello and make a donation to support the PDJF’s mission.  Expect current Hall of Fame stars like Mike Smith, John Velazquez and Javier Castellano as well as retired Hall of Famers such as Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Ramon Dominguez. In addition, renowned Quarter Horse jockeys Cody Jensen and Eddie Garcia as well as many others including PDJF recipients on the other end of the line. The PDJF is a 501(c)3 public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered on-track injuries.  Since its creation in 2006, nearly $9 million has been distributed to support disabled jockeys most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.  With no guaranteed source of funding,...

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