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SBD/Issue 238/Sports Industrialists
Former NYRA Boss Meyocks To Head Up Jockeys' Guild
Published September 6, 2007
Former New York Racing Association CEO Terry Meyocks will be named the new National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild, Meyocks confirmed in a telephone interview Wednesday. Meyocks said his management and advisory company, Meyocks & O’Hara Enterprises, has a two-year agreement with the Guild, which represents more than 1,000 jockeys nationwide. Meyocks replaces sports agent and rare coin collector Dwight Manley who took over the reins of the Guild last year, but resigned earlier this week. Meyocks acknowledged that there were at least “four or five” major issues facing the Guild, which has struggled since firing Manley’s predecessor, Wayne Gertmenian. Gertmenian was fired after a Congressional investigation raised questions about his management of the organization, including his failure to properly inform jockeys that their on-track accident insurance coverage had expired. Meyocks said he wants “to work with the industry” to promote jockeys and to promote the sport.
BACKGROUND: Meyocks may have worked on the management side of racing, but his family has worked for or been involved with jockeys for years. His father was and his son is a jockey’s agent, and his daughter is married to Javier Castellano, one of the country’s top jockeys.