Nov 04, 2011
Jockeys' Guild gains support from Stronach tracks
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - The Jockeys' Guild, the organization that represents U.S. jockeys, has reached an agreement with The Stronach Group for a multi-year support plan. The pact involves the six racetracks owned by The Stronach Group.
Under the three-year agreement payments will be made to the Guild to help subsidize health insurance, life insurance and disability benefits along with benefits for all jockeys who are members of the Guild and ride in the United States.
"This is the right thing to do for the jockeys and the sport," said Mike Rogers, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group. "Frank Stronach has always believed in the importance of all segments of the horse racing industry doing their part to support the health and welfare of the jockeys."
The Stronach Group of tracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.
There are approximately 750 active and permanently disabled members of the Guild.
"Currently, the Guild provides life insurance, AD&D insurance and temporary disability benefits to its active members, as well as life insurance and aid to the permanently disabled members," stated Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys' Guild. "To continue this effort, it is critical that we receive support from all of our racetrack partners within the industry. We all should be working together to help promote our sport."
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