LEXINGTON, KY (September 4, 2015) For the second year, jockey colonies across the country, in conjunction with racetracks, are planning visits to their local children’s hospital during September which is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
A number of tracks including Indiana Grand, Delaware Park, Emerald Downs and Gulfstream Park have scheduled visits while other tracks including Finger Lakes, Remington Park, Lone Star Park, Los Alamitos and Belmont are in the process of securing a date. The jockeys will bring a variety of gifts for the children including autographed goggles, provided in conjunction with Perfect Trip, as well as items donated by each track.
“We always enjoy making visits to children who suffer from this terrible disease or other conditions which force them to be hospitalized. Hopefully we make the day a little brighter for them and their families” said Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez. “It also gives the jockeys a new perspective.”
“Based on the feedback last year, our members again wanted to make a visit to their local children’s hospital in the hope that they can make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Jockeys’ Guild National Manager, Terry Meyocks. “We appreciate the support we have received from the racetracks and their cooperation in facilitating these visits.”
In addition, the Jockeys’ Guild is supplying the jockeys at all the tracks with a live meet during September, with patches that have the official Childhood Cancer Awareness gold insignia to wear on their pants during the month.
Scott Wells, President of the TRA and President of Lone Star Park and Remington Park said, “We are extremely pleased that last year the jockey colonies and racetracks embraced this idea. We appreciate the continued assistance the Jockeys’ Guild gives in encouraging the jockeys to take part and support this important cause.”