Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser to support Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
Contact: Jane Murray, TRA Director of Services
(410) 392-9200, ext. 222, email@example.com
Monday, April 20, 2015
ELKTON, Md. – A consortium of racing organizations has announced a Derby Day
fundraising campaign to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 25 tracks and racing
venues across the U.S. to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
Each participating track will hold a silent auction of framed, autographed
photographs of California Chrome (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), Secretariat
(signed by owner Penny Chenery), Wise Dan (signed by jockey John Velazquez), and
Zenyatta (signed by jockey Mike Smith).
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.
TRA-member tracks participating include: Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Delaware
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, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Lone Star Park
at Grand Prairie, Parx Racing, Pimlico, Portland Meadows, Prairie Meadows,
Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and
Turfway Park. Finger Lakes will be conducting their auction on their opening
day, Friday, May 1.
Non-TRA facilities participating are Les Bois Park, Ruidoso Downs, and the
Casper and Evanston OTBs in Wyoming.
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 over $5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:
In January 1946, the
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 racetrack associations
to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business
interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain
Churchill Downs, KY
|May 2, 2015
Pimlico Race Course, MD
|May 16, 2015
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Belmont Park, NY
|June 6, 2015
||Welfare and Safety of the
Keeneland Sales Pavilion,
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Sheraton Sand Key Resort,
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|October 5-7, 2015
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Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alumnus and one of the best known
sports writers of the 20th century. In 1986, the name was
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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.
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