Jockeys At Parx Refuse To Be Named On Mounts, Citing Issues With Track Management

Saturday’s live racing program at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., is in jeopardy after 34 jockeys told track management they would not accept mounts until three issues were addressed. Entries for Saturday were taken on Wednesday, but no jockeys were named on any runners.

Tom Kennedy, attorney for the Jockeys’ Guild, said the jockeys turned in written statements to the clerk of scales and racing secretary, citing three reasons for not accepting mounts: 1) the condition of the jockeys room, including sanitary conditions; 2) a form Parx has told jockeys they must complete that includes any information about any past legal problems; and 3) the fact that Parx has stopped providing funds to the Jockeys’ Guild that are used for jockey benefits.

Kennedy said Parx officials stated that they would cancel Saturday’s program and also not race on their next scheduled date, Feb. 10, if necessary.

David Osojnak, director of racing at Parx, when reached by the Paulick Report late Wednesday afternoon, said he was about to go into a meeting to discuss the matter and could not comment.

 

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