Friday, January 16, 2009


Jockeys riding at Gulfstream Park as well as Calder and the Tropical Park meeting will receive an increase in losing mount fees beginning today, January 15.

The new scale provides for losing mount fees to range from $75 on the bottom to $105 at the top of the purse scale. Previously, the losing mount fee started at $55 or $65, depending on the track.

“I would like to thank Sam Gordon (president of the Florida HBPA), the board of the FHBPA and Bill Murphy (Gulfstream president and general manager) for working with the jockeys and Herbie Rivera, the Guild’s regional manager, to reach this agreement,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild.

“After a meeting involving the FHBPA and John Velazquez (chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild) and a number of other leading riders in South Florida, the two sides were able to reach an equitable agreement. The jockeys look forward to working with the FHBPA and the industry in South Florida on other initiatives that would be beneficial to the horsemen and the industry in general.”

“We appreciate the contributions of the jockeys to the sport and are happy to help the South Florida riders,” said Sam Gordon, president of the FHBPA. “The entire board voted unanimously to accept this agreement and will revisit the scale next year. We want to work together with the jockeys to do more for racing in South Florida down the road.”

“The increases are fair for all the riders and spread evenly across the board,” said Tim Ritvo, FHBPA board member. “The same pay scale will be in effect at all the race meets in South Florida. To the credit of the Gulfstream jockeys, they could have gotten more at Gulfstream but unselfishly gave that up in order to help the riders year-round at Calder.”

This new scale follows increases in mount fees through legislation at California tracks and negotiated increases at Finger Lakes, the New York Racing Association tracks, Monmouth, Meadowlands, Atlantic City, Hawthorne, Arlington, Fairmount Park, Indiana Downs, Hoosier Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Turf Paradise. Jockeys at Philadelphia Park and Penn National have also received raises in their losing mount fees.

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