NYRA, Jockeys’ Guild Reach Agreement in Principle

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The New York Racing Association and the Jockeys’ Guild have reached an agreement in principle to a contract that will allow for racing in New York to continue without the threat of work action by the local riding colony.

In a story in the TDN of Dec. 23, Bill Finley reported that a walkout by local jockeys was a possibility, as NYRA and the Guild were far apart on a deal. The potential for a stalemate was first reported by Daily Racing Form.

Officials at NYRA released a statement late Friday that read:

Following productive discussions that have taken place this week, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the Jockeys’ Guild, Inc. have today reached an agreement in principle to the satisfaction of both parties. NYRA and the Jockeys’ Guild will have additional comment when the agreement is fully executed.

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