ELKTON, Md. – A Kentucky Derby Day silent auction fundraising campaign held on May 2 at tracks and racing venues across the U.S. raised more than $32,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The auction was a collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’ Guild.
Each participating track held 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).
PDJF President Nancy LaSala said, “We sincerely thank the participating facilities along with Reed Palmer Photography, Coady Photography, Penny Chenery and the Secretariat Foundation, and jockeys Victor Espinoza, Mike Smith and John Velazquez for their assistance in making this event a success.”
TRA-member tracks participating included: 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.
Non-TRA facilities participating were Emerald Downs, Les Bois Park, Wyoming Horse Racing, Zia Park, and Sports Haven OTB.
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 $6 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 email@example.com.