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Updated: June 14, 2021 at 4:47 pm
By Bill Finley
In a June 7 letter, the Jockeys’ Guild knowledgeable its membership that, setting up July 1, Monmouth Park jockeys will no for a longer time be protected by Guild insurance policy insurance policies. The Guild has been giving temporary incapacity benefits, life insurance and Accident, Loss of life and Disability positive aspects to all those who have selected to journey in New Jersey.
The Guild has been adamant in its belief that racing has become far more hazardous at Monmouth Park mainly because jockeys are no extended authorized to stimulate their mounts with the use of the whip. In the June 7 letter, despatched out to all Guild customers, Guild President and CEO Terry Meyocks wrote that, “The raise of hazard is therefore creating a bigger exposure for the Jockeys’ Guild and the advantages that we supply to our members who are using below such regulation.”
Meyocks explained that the cost of the insurance coverage guidelines has, so considerably, not improved owing to the whip polices, but that the Guild’s Board of Directors is anxious that the ban will eventually guide to better charges.
After the procedures have been withdrawn, it seems that any person riding at Monmouth will both have to get out insurance coverage of their very own or acknowledge the hazards that would arrive from riding without the need of protection. When asked if he envisioned that some riders would chose to go away Monmouth for the reason that of the insurance plan situation, Meyocks replied, “I have no thought. I definitely do not. All we have completed all along is to just advise all people.”
Dennis Drazin, who heads the management corporation that operates the racetrack, lashed out at the Guild Monday, calling the conclusion to withdraw the insurance policy a “cheap shot.”
“This is an uncalled-for response to a rule that the racing fee set into influence and now they want to punish their have jockeys since they are driving,” Drazin claimed. “It would not replicate effectively on the Jockeys’ Guild. It is anything they need to not have accomplished. Insurance corporations don’t terminate your coverage mainly because of the racing fee placing in a regulation that the Guild has identified about for two a long time.”
Drazin recommended that individuals who will go on to ride at Monmouth have the grounds for a lawsuit towards the Guild.
“The comments I have heard are that some of the jocks are upset with the Guild and don’t sense that they are representing them very well,” Drazin claimed. “Now they choose that they’re likely to suspend the advantages that they deliver to our jockeys. Frankly, if our jockeys needed to, they have a quite very good lawsuit versus the Guild.”
Meyocks reported that Monmouth is on a listing of tracks that do not make any monetary contributions to the Guild’s insurance policy guidelines.
Monmouth kicked off its 2021 satisfy Could 28 with the strictest policies in the sport relating to whipping. The guidelines, put into impact by the New Jersey Racing Commission, enable jockeys to carry whips but they can only use them when they truly feel they are in an unsafe situation. At no stage in a race can a jockey use the whip to stimulate the horse. Jockeys Joe Bravo and Antonio Gallardo have refused to experience at the fulfill because of to safety problems, but Monmouth has had no dilemma getting plenty of jockeys ready to journey. 10 racing times into the meet, the racing has been conducted with out any apparent safety difficulties.