Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser to Support Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

A consortium of racing organizations has announced the second annual Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 29 tracks and racing venues across the U.S. to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Proceeds from the collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’ Guild will provide aid for permanently disabled jockeys’ health care and living expenses.

Each participating track will hold a silent auction of framed, autographed photographs of Secretariat (signed by jockey Ron Turcotte), American Pharoah (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), American Pharoah winning the Kentucky Derby (signed by trainer Bob Baffert), and a collage of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victories (signed by trainer Bob Baffert).

“We had a successful Derby Day Silent Auction in 2015 and look forward to this year’s event,” said PDJF President Nancy LaSala. “We have some outstanding items and would like to thank Reed Palmer Photography, Skip Dickstein, Ron Turcotte, Victor Espinoza, Bob Baffert and all the racing venues. Without their generous support, this auction would not happen.”

TRA-member tracks participating include: Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Finger Lakes, Gulfstream Park, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Horseman’s Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Louisiana Downs, Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park.

Non-TRA facilities participating are Emerald Downs, Golden Gate Fields, Los Alamitos, Will Rogers Downs, Wyoming Horse Racing, and Zia Park.

Individuals and others who wish to contribute to the fundraising effort for disabled jockeys may do so by sending checks payable to: PDJF, P.O. Box 803, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or visit its website at www.pdjf.org. PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed approximately $7 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or jmurray@tra-online.com.

2016 Simulcast Conference Set for New Orleans
March 28, 2016 - The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) has announced New Orleans as the host city for the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference. The 2016 conference will be held at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, September 26-28.

The TRA co-sponsors the annual event with the Harness Tracks of America (HTA).

Each year the conference attracts more than 225 racing executives and personnel to address the topics of chief importance to the pari-mutuel industry, including simulcasting, account wagering, wagering security and technology.
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino is located in the heart of the Big Easy. Enjoy a short walk or streetcar ride to the restaurants and entertainment venues of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, as well as many culturally and historically-rich destinations.

A special conference room rate of $169 (not including taxes and fees) will be offered.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Stanford Cracks Top Ten with Charles Town Classic Victory

April 25, 2016 - Stanford’s victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Saturday moved the 4-year-old son of Malibu Moon into fifth place on the list of this year’s leading money-earning Thoroughbreds in North America with $819,400 in current year earnings.

California Chrome tops the standings with $6,210,000, Nyquist is second with $1,709,000, and Hoppertunity is third with $1,324,000.

Stanford’s conditioner, Todd Pletcher, leads the trainer standings with $7,762,617. Art Sherman is second with $6,484,725 and Steve Asmussen is third with $5,858,871.

Victor Espinoza maintains his lead in the jockey standings with $7,108,195. Javier Castellano, Stanford’s rider, moved into second with $5,737,951 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $5,567,715.

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 races. 

Click here for the leaders through April 24, 2016.

Notable News:

Keeneland college ambassadors promoting racetrack lifestyle

By Marjorie Kirk
Lexington Herald-Leader
April 27, 2016

Many children grow up playing on jungle gym sets in their backyards, very few on the wide green expanse of grass of Keeneland Race Course.

But most children don’t grow up in Versailles, a city of less than 9,000 people, where Thoroughbred horse farms stretch for miles, and the ideal extracurricular activity is being a college ambassador to one of the most popular racetracks in the country.

Victoria Ocampo grew up on Rose Hill Farm, where her parents raised Thoroughbred racehorses. They moved their farmto Rice Road directly behind Keeneland in 2003, and Ocampo said the proximity and relationship her father had with the track turned it into her own little playground.

“I grew up running around there in the sales pavilion and going to the races and participating in most Kid’s Club events for as long as I can remember,” Ocampo said. “I remember going out with my dad and my parents to watch the horses warm up in the morning and then they always put on a big breakfast for the kids with games. Keeneland has always been a place where I’ve felt at home.”

Now she helps organize and work track events such as Kid’s Club activities as a member of Keeneland’s College Ambassadors Program.

Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:

In January 1946, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) was incorporated as a private investigative agency whose principal mission was to address issues of integrity and security in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRA, TRPB represents a unified effort by TRA-member associations to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain public confidence.

Upcoming Industry Events:
  Event Date
* American Horse Council Annual Meeting/National Issues Forum
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Washington, DC
June 12-16, 2016
www.grayson-jockeyclub.org
* Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VII
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, KY
June 28, 2016
www.grayson-jockeyclub.org
* TRA International Simulcast Conference
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, New Orleans, LA
September 26-28, 2016
www.tra-online.com
* American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
December 3-7, 2016
www.aaep.org
* Eclipse Awards
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
January 21, 2017
www.ntra.com
* Pan American Conference
(TBA) Washington, DC
May 17-20, 2017
www.panamdc2017.com
Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship

The Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship, begun in 1956, originally was named in honor of the late Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alumnus and one of the best known sports writers of the 20th century. In 1986, the name was changed to also honor the late Fred Russell, another Vanderbilt alumnus who helped guide the scholarship and its recipients. A $500,000 grant was made on behalf of the TRA in 1986 to ensure the future of this valuable stipend. Click here for a list of previous winners.

The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email scholarships@vanderbilt.edu.

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Subsidiaries of the TRA and The Jockey Club formed Equibase in a 1990 partnership to accumulate the racing data necessary for the unfettered growth of simulcast wagering. Prior to that time, the Daily Racing Form had been the sole collector of chart data and the dissemination of past performance information.

Recognizing the broadest possible availability of race data in daily racing programs was integral to the growth of simulcasting revenues for the tracks, the TRA found The Jockey Club a capable and eager partner in undertaking the technological and logistical issues association with building a data information company.

With the advent of the internet to general consumer use in the mid-Nineties, Equibase quickly found itself well-positioned to enter and serve the fast-growing world of electronic commerce.

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