With nearly every state in the country facing economic challenges, there is very little leeway in legislative budgets that would provide funding for smaller programs. Because horse racing and funding for programs such as health insurance or retirement plans for jockeys would surely be low on a list of concerns for a state government, the Jockeys' Guild has enlisted the help of lobbyists to protect the group's interests.
During the first day of the two-day Jockeys' Guild Assembly, representative Barry Broad indicated that he and two other lobbyists, along with retired jockey Ramon Dominguez, have been working hard in California, New York, Kentucky, and Ohio to make sure the group's interests are not overlooked.
The Blood-Horse reports that items discussed during the Monday meeting included funding for retirement, increased fees for losing mounts, funding to match rider contributions to health insurance, and updating regulations to help improve rider and equine safety.
“As the industry works to try to get a little more money, we'll work to make sure there's a little piece of it for us,” Broad said.
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