jockey safety

State-Of-The-Art Kentucky Institute Takes Jockey Well-Being To New Level

Jockeys are independent contractors. Performing their athletic craft at high speed, exposed to the elements and with few “safety nets.” “We wear helmets and vests. Outside of that, we risk everything to participate in this sport and it’s been my life for over 32 years,” says journeyman Aaron Gryder, winner of nearly 4,000 races from […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Delays ‘No Riding Crops’ Experiment At Santa Anita

Through an agreement between the Jockeys’ Guild and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, jockeys will ride with crops Friday at Santa Anita. The Jockeys’ Guild has postponed its planned experiment to have its members ride without them as the organization works toward longer-term implementation of policies consistent with recent guidelines issued by the California Horse Racing […]

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Betting, Jockey Safety Major Topics At Paris IFHA Conference

Topics ranging from measures to stimulate turnover to rules harmonisation to the health, welfare, and safety of jockeys were highlighted during the 52nd Conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), held today in Paris, France. The first International Conference of Horseracing Authorities was organized and hosted by the Société d’Encouragement in Paris, France, […]

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British Authorities To Require Increased Body Protection For Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority announced a new measure Thursday aimed at rider safety. Starting October 1, jockeys must wear a Level 2 body protector instead of the Level 1 model. According to the Racing Post, the Level 2 vest adds is 50 percent better at protecting riders from blows such as kicks. Because the Level […]

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Australian Track Avoids ‘Absolute Chaos’ After Finding Metal Spikes On Racecourse

A mid-week race meet in Australia was abandoned Thursday after two 15-inch metal posts were discovered driven into the ground on the racecourse hours before the races were scheduled to begin. Police are investigating the incident at Kilmore Racing Club in Victoria. A Racing Victoria official said had the stakes not been spotted during a […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: ‘Industry Needs To Do More’ For Rider Safety, Support Lacking From Tracks And Regulators

The following statement from Terry Meyocks, John Velazquez and G.R. Carter of the Jockeys’ Guild Tuesday: The racing industry needs to do more to protect the jockeys and exercise riders who risk their lives every day for our sport. Racetracks and state regulators need to ensure that there are proper medical personnel trained in trauma, most […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Looking To Advance Safety Issues At Annual Assembly

The prime focus of this year’s Jockeys’ Guild Assembly, Dec. 11-12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be on those safety issues which threaten riders’ lives and well-being. Countries such as Ireland, Great Britain, France, Australia and Hong Kong are ahead of the United States in terms of safety standards for jockeys, including […]

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Delta Downs: Jockey Alexis Batista Recovering From Injuries; Due For More Tests

Jockey Alexis Batista is scheduled to undergo more tests as the result of injuries suffered in a spill Nov. 2 at Delta Downs. According to a report by the Daily Racing Form, Batista was initially diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his C-7 vertebrae. However, his agent, Antonio Floyd, told the Form that x-rays taken earlier this week were […]

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Safety, Health Issues To Be Focus Of Annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys from around the country will be in attendance during the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly February 15-17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. A welcome cocktail party is planned for Monday evening, February 15 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tuesday sessions will include […]

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Ten Takeaways From The Welfare And Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation held its sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit July 8. It was a lot of information packed into an eight-hour day. Here are a few takeaways from this year’s edition of the summit:   1. A lot of riders are not wearing ASTM (American Society for Testing and […]

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