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 (PDJF).
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.