Jockeys' Guild

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Jockeys' Guild
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Full name Jockeys' Guild
Founded 1940
Key people John Velazquez, Chairman
G. R. Carter, Vice Chairman
Jon Court, Secretary
Office location Lexington, Kentucky
Country United States

The Jockeys' Guild Inc. is an American trade association based in Lexington, Kentucky, representing thoroughbred horse racing and American quarter horse professional jockeys. The organization filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in bankruptcy court in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 12, 2007.

Established in 1940, the organization's founding members consisted of many of the leading jockeys of the day including Eddie Arcaro, Ray Workman, Johnny Longden, Alfred Robertson, Charley Kurtsinger, Red Pollard and Harry Richards. The Jockeys' Guild founding board was made up of:

  • Harry C. Richards - President
  • Lester Balaski - 1st Vice President
  • Eddie Arcaro - 2nd Vice President
  • Raymond Workman - 3rd Vice President
  • Irving Anderson - Treasurer

On February 24, 2001, the Thoroughbred Times published an article captioned A debt of remembrance that tells the story of the important work by jockey Tommy Luther that led to the Guild's creation. The story recounted the influence on Luther when he was part of the horrific circumstances North American jockeys lived under at the time fellow jockey Earl "Sandy" Graham was killed while racing at Polo Park Racetrack in Winnipeg, Manitoba in September 1927. [1]


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