06/26/2006 11:00PM

Selection of Guild leader near


The Jockeys' Guild has identified two candidates for the position of national manager of the organization - a nationally known coin dealer who is also a sports agent, and a former jockey who worked for a simulcasting consulting firm - and will likely approve one of the candidates on Tuesday, officials of the Guild said.

Dwight Manley, the Los Angeles-based coin collector, and David Stevenson, the former jockey who was the chief executive of Stevenson and Associates, both gave presentations at the Guild's national meeting on Monday in Louisville, Ky. The board of directors of the Guild was meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the candidacies and possible employment contracts, according to Angie Gimmel, a spokesperson for the Guild.

Manley was endorsed at the meeting by Jesse Jackson, the founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, a national left-leaning advocacy group. Jackson reportedly said at the meeting that the jockeys should have the power to bargain collectively and should push for a revenue-sharing agreement with racetracks.

On Monday, the guild elected a new nine-member board of directors to replace an interim board appointed last November. Elected were John Velazquez (chairman), G.R. Carter (vice chairman), Jon Court (secretary), Jeff Johnston (treasurer) Perry Compton, Mark Guidry, Jerry LaSala, Edgar Prado, and Alex Solis.

Velazquez, Johnston, Carter, LaSala, and Court all had positions on the interim board. The board was elected in November shortly before the Guild voted to fire its chief executive, L. Wayne Gertmenian, and his management group, Matrix Capital Associates.