By Phil Janack | NYRA
Sixteen of the greatest riders in the history of Thoroughbred racing will gather at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 9 for the first-ever “Jockey Legends Day” to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
“Jockey Legends Day” brings together a group that includes 10 Hall of Famers and the winners of two Triple Crowns, 28 Saratoga Race Course meet titles, 75,867 career victories and more than $1.86 billion in lifetime purses, along with 13 Eclipse Awards and 35 individual Triple Crown races.
Saratoga favorites Angel Cordero, Jr., Ramon Dominguez and New York Racing Association racing analyst Richard Migliore are among the former jockeys who will sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m. outside the jockeys silks room for a one-time $10 donation to the PDJF.
Also scheduled to appear are Ron Turcotte and Jean Cruguet, respective riders of Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Seattle Slew; Laffit Pincay, Jr., winner of 9,530 races; Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron, Randy Romero, Jean-Luc Samyn, Nick Santagata, Robbie Davis, Jose Santos, Manny Ycaza, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez.
All will be recognized in a special red-carpet ceremony on the track between the fifth and sixth races.
The event is being held the day after the induction of horses Ashado, Curlin and Clifford; trainer Gary Jones; jockeys Alex Solis and Lloyd Hughes; and sportsmen Edward R. Bradley and Edward P. Taylor to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.
The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to some 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