Festivities to raise funds for Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Grit to Glory

Jack Van Berg will sign copies of his biography, Jack: From Grit to Glory, at Kentucky Downs.

Racing Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron and Randy Romero as well as active riders Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel will be at Kentucky Downs for Hall of Fame Day on Wednesday, September 10. Festivities, including a golf tournament, VIP dinner and autograph session, will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Incorporated in 2006, PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have been injured or disabled in racing accidents. The organization also works with industry and medical research groups to improve safety for racehorses and jockeys and support research projects dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries. At last year’s Hall of Fame Day at Kentucky Downs, over $11,000 was raised for the PDJF.

Another special guest confirmed for this year is Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who will be on hand for a variety of special events at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack. Van Berg will sign copies of his biography, Jack: From Grit to Glory, authored by Chris Kotulak, which was released earlier this year.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday September 9:
12:00 p.m. (CST): Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, sponsored by Van Meter Insurance GroupKenny Perry’s Country Creek Golf Course
1075 Kenny Perry Drive
Franklin, Kentucky 42134

Scramble tournament format. For entry information, contact Marti Bass (270) 586-6678 or email MartiBass@kentuckydowns.com

6:30 p.m. (CST): VIP Hall of Fame Dinner
Kentucky Downs Racetrack

This invitation-only dinner will be hosted by Kentucky Downs, and award winning turf writer Gary West will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The Hall of Fame attendees will be honored and guests will have an opportunity to raise funds for the PDJF by bidding on racing memorabilia items in a silent auction. For more information, contact Michelle Vise at (270) 586-7778 or send an email to liveracing@kentuckydowns.com.

Wednesday September 10:
12:00 p.m. (CST) Autograph Session with the Hall of Famers Kentucky Downs Racetrack

Fans will be able to meet each of the Hall of Fame participants, who will sign autographs from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. A minimum donation of $10 for the PDJF is requested.

1:35 p.m. (CST) Live Racing
An afternoon of all-turf racing on the unique European-style course. Each of the Hall of Fame attendees will have a race named in their honor.

“We are thrilled to work in conjunction with the Jockeys’ Guild on this Hall of Fame event,” said Corey Johnsen, president of Kentucky Downs.” Jockeys are underrated athletes who literally risk their lives in their profession. It means a great deal to everyone at Kentucky Downs to support the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. We know that fans will enjoy meeting these highly regarded Hall of Fame riders and the legendary Jack Van Berg.”

About Kentucky Downs: Located near the Kentucky-Tennessee border off Interstate 65, the year-round entertainment center offers live racing on its unique mile and five-sixteenth European-style turf course in September. Simulcasting is available seven days a week, as well as pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races, charitable gaming, dining and other events. Horse racing has been conducted at the facility since 1990, when it was called Dueling Grounds Race Course.

Address: 5629 Nashville Road, P.O. Box 405, Franklin, KY 42135
Website: www.KentuckyDowns.com
Phone: 270.586.7778
2014 race dates: Sept. 6, 10, 13, 17, 24
First race: 1:35 p.m. Central
Hall of Fame Event manager: Jeff Hooper: jeff@jeffhooper.net; (817) 992-0609