WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue November 9, 2004
Panel Formed To Study Jockeys' Insurance
Louisville, KY – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced plans to form a panel to study jockeys' insurance.
Monday's announcement came a day after riders at Churchill Downs threatened to refuse mounts over what some say is inadequate medical coverage.
Commissioner D. G. Van Clief, Jr. said the working group will analyze jockeys' insurance in each state and make recommedations. Terry Meyocks is a special assistant to Van Clief, he'll serve as chairman.
In the wake of the propsoed boycott by some members of the Churchill Jockeys' Colony, track president Steve Sexton says the jockeys' insurance issue should be addressed by the entire thoroughbred industry.
The National Jockeys' Guild also blames the wider industry for failing to take steps to address insurance concerns. The guild represents about 1,250 members.