Tuesday 19 September 2017
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Interview with Gilda Libero, New York Racing Associate

Interviewed by Tricia Psarreas on January 18, 2008

Tricia:             How did you meet Shane and what is your relationship with him?

Gilda:              I met him through Mike Smith and we just clicked. I was at a stage in my life when I needed someone who liked me for me, and Shane did. We just always clicked. He’s my friend and he always will be. He’s never disappointed me as a friend and he’s just very special to me.


Tricia:             From the outside looking in, did it look like Shane had good relationships with people?

Gilda:              Absolutely. I was out with him in Saratoga and a lot of people would go out on Monday nights and have a great time. It never felt like there were any problems with anyone at all. He seemed to have great relationships with all of the jockeys and his valet. He was just well liked.

Tricia:             How did you feel about the things Shane did for jockeys?

Gilda:              I think that he stuck his neck out and not a lot of people wanted to do that. It’s funny, I’ve always been a believer myself that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself. Most of the time there’s no better advocate for yourself than yourself. I’ve been in positions as an assistant trainer where I’ve tried to stand up for more money or more help and it’s not always easy to do. But that’s in my character where if I believe in something I put myself up to the plate. He did that on a much grander scale and I admire him for it. I really do.

Tricia:             How do you feel about what happened to Shane at Churchill Downs?

Gilda:              I think it’s hard to make a judgment because I don’t know everything about that situation. Do I have all the facts? Probably not. I wasn’t part of it and I wasn’t there. But from my impression and from what I’ve heard, he was given the brunt of it. They were having a problem with insurance and he went to help, but he got blackballed. He got labeled a troublemaker. Is that accurate? I don’t know because I wasn’t there. But it seems like he was blackballed. He wasn’t reinstated and the other guys were. Where’s the explanation for that? It just seems bizarre that 17 people were reinstated and he was not. I want an explanation for that.


Tricia:             What do you think about him writing the book?

Gilda:              I hope he accomplishes everything he wants to accomplish by writing it. He’s looking for some satisfaction because he’s been really hurt by everything that’s happened. Shane isn’t a bad guy and he’s been treated like he is some kind of bad person. I hope this book will bring these issues out in the open so that Shane can move forward to continue to improve conditions for riders all across the country.


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