Racetrack Warriors, Jockeys’ Guild and Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund have entered into agreement for Jockey Draft Game

jdlogo_600LEXINGTON, KY May 5, 2015  Racetrack Warriors, by EQUUS INTERACTIVE, today announced an agreement with the Jockeys’ Guild and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) that will bring a new fantasy draft game to market called “Jockey Draft.”  The game is set to launch May 8, 2015.

“Jockey Draft” is a daily fantasy league style game in which players select a lineup of jockeys, in a “salary cap” style draft, riding at various race tracks from around the country.  Each game is assigned a salary cap in which players must stay at or below when picking their eight (8) jockeys, who are assigned an individual salary.  Each jockey receives a score for their mount’s finishing position, and the collective score of each lineup in the game determines the winner.

With the increasing popularity of daily fantasy sports, Racetrack Warriors’ “Jockey Draft” will highlight racing’s biggest and brightest stars while allowing fans to follow their favorite jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Jockeys’ Guild.

Jordan Olin, CIO of EQUUS INTERACTIVE, said “We are truly excited to be launching our new game, Jockey Draft in time for the Preakness Stakes.  It is the first of our properties to leverage our innovative Fantasy Gaming framework. Jockey Draft shines a new light on these incredible professional athletes and we believe we are paving the way for the future of the sport.  We look forward to using it to collaborate with the Jockeys’ Guild in order to benefit both the Guild and the PDJF.”

Jockeys’ Guild National Manager, Terry Meyocks, said “We are thrilled to partner with EQUUS INTERACTIVE in this new venture.  I am sure racing fans across the country will enjoy playing and know that their participation benefits the PDJF as well as allow the Jockeys’ Guild to continue to provide necessary benefits for our members.”

Executive director of the PDJF, Nancy LaSala, commented “The PDJF is very excited to be a partner in the launching of this new fantasy game. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for the PDJF.”  The PDJF does not have guaranteed funding and our ability to maintain the funding necessary to meet our recipient needs has always been a challenge.  We are hopeful that there will a tremendous amount of interest in this new game and that the players will know that their participation is helping the men and women served by the PDJF.”

Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.jockeydraft.com for more information.

About Race Track Warriors

Founded by horse players with an expertise in technology, EQUUS INTERACTIVE is devoted to the thrill of participating in online gaming and the ultimate user experience.  EQUUS INTERACTIVE provides multifaceted services to players through Race Track Warriors Fantasy Gaming experience and also race tracks seeking to deliver and market online contests to their customer bae, thereby leveraging the rich features of a fantasy gaming experience.  Jockey Draft is the newest Fantasy Game to join the Warriors platform.

About the Guild

Jockeys’ Guild, Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in the United States, was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1,270 members, including active, retired and disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, to obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys. More information at www.jockeysguild.com and www.facebook.com/jockeysguild.

About the PDJF

The PDJF a 501(c)(3) charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.  Founded in 2006, PDJF has disbursed more than $6 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.  The fund is a cooperative effort among race tracks, jockeys, horsemen and enthusiasts.

More information at www.pdjf.org

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Who's Hot

Tyler GaffalioneTyler Gaffalione tied for the most wins last week with nine while continuing to prove himself as a force on the Gulfstream Park colony. The 20-year-old native of Miami scored at nearly a 30% win rate and came in the money over 48% of the time. The young apprentice is currently at the top of the Gulfstream standings in wins.

Colby Hernandez  - EVD - 072414 (2)Colby Hernandez continued to dominate at Evangeline Downs winning 28% of his mounts and coming in the money an astounding 62% of the time. Last week, Hernandez  won nine times, was second six times, and third five times in 32 tries. Hernandez currently sits atop the Evangeline leaderboard in wins and earnings while maintaining a 22 win lead over second place.

Joe BravoJoe Bravo gained ground on an important riding milestone with five wins including three graded stakes on Saturday’s Belmont card. A native of New Jersey, Bravo currently has 4,998 victories. The 43-year-old began his successful Saturday with a win in the Sheepshead Bay (Gr III) aboard Rosalind who paid $9.20 to win. Bravo was also aboard 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, who scored in the Westchester (Gr III) and Big Blue Kitten, the impressive winner of the Fort March (Gr III). Bravo finished the week with five wins, one second, and two thirds for earnings of $428,851.

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AQHA Quarter Horse Standings

Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) remains on top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 64 from 261 mounts. David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks second with 59 wins from 257 starts and Omar Reyes (Remington Park) ranks third with 54 wins from 297 mounts.

Esgar Ramirez (Albuquerque) has earned $879,407 from 198 starts to move up into first place in the AQHA earnings standings. Omar Reyes has also moved up and is sitting in second in the standings with $858,435 and Raul Ramirez Jr. is third with $829,496.

 Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here . . .

“Boo Boo” Clark Riding High with Another Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Award

Lovely Maria - The Central Bank Ashland Gr I - 78th Running - 04-04-15 - R09 - KEE - Kerwin Clark - 002 (2)Jockey Kerwin Clark captured Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GR I) aboard Lovely Maria continuing his impressive comeback story and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for April 27 – May 3. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Clark was perfect for the week with one win in one mount and Lovely Maria earned $570,400.

At age 55, Clark is enjoying a career year in 2015, with $2,275,196 in mount earnings. This year, his handling of Lovely Maria in two Grade 1 stakes wins has been the highlight, but he has provided solid overall riding with 29 wins and 27 seconds in 188 mounts. Many of those mounts have been for trainer Larry Jones and his strong stable.

Nicknamed “Boo Boo” as a child by his grandfather, Clark began his career at Evangeline Downs in 1975. The native of Lafayette, Louisiana has enjoyed a solid journeyman career with more than 2,900 wins and $50 million in earnings.

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Carlos Huerta Voted AQHA/Jockeys’ Guild Quarter Horse Jockey of the Month for April

Jockey Carlos Huerta kicked off the month of April with stakes wins on back to back evenings at Los Alamitos Racecourse and was named the AQHA/Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Month for April. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by Quarter Horse members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

It was an impressive feat for Huerta who won both halves of the premiere Los Alamitos Derby events in a 24 hour period. On April 3rd he won the $205,200 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) aboard the filly Bac In Front for Trainer Jaime Gomez. The next evening he won the $175,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3) for the boys when he piloted Forget It to victory once again for Gomez.

Carlos is currently the second leading rider at Los Alamitos Racecourse. Huerta grew up in Colima, Mexico, where his father was a rancher and his two brothers avid horsemen. Both brothers are now working as grooms at Los Alamitos alongside Carlos.

For the month Huerta sported an impressive win rate of thirty percent while banking $195,806 in earnings.

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