Parx Racing Officials, Jockey Colony Settle Differences

Jockeys at Parx Racing and upper management at the Bensalem, Pa., racetrack and casino have settled their differences, and Saturday’s live program – which had been in jeopardy when jockeys said they would not accept mounts – will go on as scheduled.

Earlier this week, 34 jockeys at Parx turned in slips to the clerk of scales and racing secretary saying they would not accept mounts until three issues were addressed: 1) the condition of the jockeys room, including sanitary conditions; 2) a form management said jockeys were required to sign that included admission of any past legal problems; 3) Parx’s longstanding position not to contribute funds to the Jockeys’ Guild that are used for disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance and life insurance.

Terry Meyocks, president and CEO of the Jockeys’ Guild, said the Parx jockeys were satisfied late Thursday afternoon that track management will address all three issues and they agreed to ride on Saturday.

“The track agreed between now and the end of August to redo the jockeys room,” said Meyocks. “There’s a three-week break in August, when they’ll ‘gut’ the room and get the work done. They’ll do prep work before then, getting lockers and other things ready to install. The jockeys are OK waiting until then.”

As for the “validation forms”  jockeys have been asked to sign, Meyocks said he was told all Parx employees – including management – are required to sign the form (jockeys are considered independent contractors). “The attorneys will sit down and come up with a new form for the jockeys to fill out,” he said. “We felt this was something that should go through the state racing commission, but we agreed to come up with some type of form.”

The final issue, which Meyocks referred to as an “industry partnership agreement” that often involves media rights, was not completely resolved. “We agreed to sit down with upper management in the near future to work out an industry partnership agreement between the Guild and Parx for contributions to the Guild,” Meyocks said. A majority of racetracks in the U.S. make contributions to the Guild through the agreements, he said.

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