Fundraiser Produces More Than $40,000 for Disabled Jockeys
May 26, 2016 - A Kentucky Derby Day silent auction fundraising
campaign held on May 7 at tracks and racing venues across the
U.S. raised more than $40,000 for the Permanently Disabled
Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
The auction was a collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred
Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’
Each participating venue held a silent auction of framed,
autographed photographs of Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes victory
(signed by jockey Ron Turcotte), American Pharoah under the Twin
Spires at Churchill Downs (signed by trainer Bob Baffert),
American Pharoah at the finish line of the Kentucky Derby
(signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), and a collage of American
Pharoah’s Triple Crown victories (signed by trainer Bob Baffert).
PDJF President Nancy LaSala said, “We sincerely thank the
participating facilities along with Reed Palmer Photography and
the Secretariat Foundation, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockeys
Victor Espinoza and Ron Turcotte for their assistance in making
this event a success.”
TRA-member tracks participating included: Arlington Park,
Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Finger Lakes,
Gulfstream Park, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Hollywood Casino at
Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race
Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course,
Horsemen’s Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Lone
Star Park at Grand Prairie, Parx Racing, Prairie Meadows,
Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa
Bay Downs, and Turfway Park.
Non-TRA participants were Emerald Downs, Golden Gate Fields,
Horse Races Now, Los Alamitos, Sports Haven OTB, Will Rogers
Downs, Wyoming Horse Racing, and Zia Park.
PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial
assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic
on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has
disbursed more than $7 million to permanently disabled jockeys,
most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Visit
its website at www.pdjf.org.
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray
at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nears $2 Million after Preakness Win
May 23, 2016 - Exaggerator’s victory in
Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and moved
him into third place on the North American equine standings with
2016 earnings of $1,988,000 for owners Big Chief Racing, Head of
Plains Partners and Rocker O Ranch. He is trained by Keith
Desormeaux and was ridden by his brother, Kent.
California Chrome continues to lead with $6,210,000 and Kentucky
Derby winner Nyquist, who finished third in the Preakness, is
second with $3,505,600.
Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainer standings with
$8,991,744. Steve Asmussen moved into second with $6,690,009 and
Art Sherman dropped to third with $6,501,955.
Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the
jockey standings with $7,991,458. Jose Ortiz moved into second with
$7,545,903 and Victor Espinoza dropped to third with $7,259,568.
Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in
North America and include earnings from select international
races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based
individuals but include earnings from select international
Click here for the leaders
through May 22, 2016.