Avelino Gomez Memorial Award

Daren Gomez - Executive Director

Daren Gomez

Executive Director

Ph : +1-416-909-4561


Role of the JBAC

As representative of jockeys across Canada, a group of approximately 150 men and women, the JBAC:

  • Can negotiate disability insurance, career-ending insurance, and life insurance. Due to the danger inherent to the occupation, a jockey would be unable to obtain such insurance as an individual. It would not be able to survive at a racetrack without it. When a jockey needs to make an insurance claim, the Association assists the jockey with the necessary forms, reviews the claim, and ensures a proper response from the insurance company.
  • Negotiates subsidies from each race track to assist with the costs of insurance and JBAC business operations.
  • Represents jockeys’ safety issues daily at each race track, mainly when weather or track conditions make riding unsafe.
  • Deals with the Provincial Racing Commission overriding infractions and supports jockeys at Commission hearings.
  • Strives to initiate change to Commission rules and regulations, which it feels are unfair to jockeys, and racing at large.
  • Provides support and counseling for jockeys with personal or physical issues.
  • Organizes jockeys to donate their time to various charitable causes.
  • Must authorize any individual who wishes to be a professional jockey in Canada.
  • Must provide consent to a foreign rider wishing to ride in Canada.

Eleven (11) appointed Directors work with the Executive Director, who operates the day-to-day affairs of the Association.

The Executive Director acts on behalf and is the voice of our active jockeys.

The Directors are advisors to the Executive Director, ensuring the JBAC runs appropriately.

Each year, an annual meeting is held to review the Association’s finances and produce a yearly statement.

Executive Director: Daren Gomez


  • Larry Attard


Century Mile

  • Shannon Beauregard

Fort Erie

  • Brandon Boulanger

Hastings Park

  • Scott Williams,

Assiniboia Downs

  • Jorge Carreno
  • Sheldon Chickeness

Photos compliments of Mr. Will Wong and Photos by Mary Jane Sibbitt Of Niagara Exposure Photography

What does it take to be a Thoroughbred Jockey?

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Fort Erie
Century Mile
Hastings Park
Assiniboia Downs