Derby Day Fundraiser Generates More Than $32,000 for PDJF
ELKTON, Md. – A Kentucky Derby Day silent auction fundraising campaign held on May 2 at tracks and racing venues across the U.S. raised more than $32,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The auction was a collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’ Guild.
Each participating track held 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).
PDJF President Nancy LaSala said, “We sincerely thank the participating facilities along with Reed Palmer Photography, Coady Photography, Penny Chenery and the Secretariat Foundation, and jockeys Victor Espinoza, Mike Smith and John Velazquez for their assistance in making this event a success.”
TRA-member tracks participating included: 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.
Non-TRA facilities participating were Emerald Downs, Les Bois Park, Wyoming Horse Racing, Zia Park, and Sports Haven OTB.
PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed more than $6 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Visit its website at www.pdjf.org.
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jockey of the Week C.J. McMahon led North America in wins with 10 and continues to dominate the Lone Star Park jockey standings. McMahon won ten out of his 18 mounts and came in the money an impressive 94% of the time.
Jon Court had a great week at Churchill by winning 50% of his mounts and upsetting the field in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap. Court was able to bring home Frivolous at odds of 32-1 in the Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ event.
AQHA Quarter Horse Standings
Raul Ramirez Jr. (Delta Downs) remains on top of the wins leaderboard for the year with 80 from 356 mounts. John Hamilton (Delta Downs) ranks second with 78 wins from 393 starts and David Alvarez (Delta Downs) ranks third with 75 wins from 345 mounts.
GR Carter Jr. (Ruidoso) with earnings of $1,351,802 from 365 starts leades the AQHA standings. Raul Ramirez Jr. is sitting in second in the standings with $1,281,292 and Larry Payne (Ruidoso) is third with $1,255,542.
Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here . . .
C.J. McMahon Wins Five Races on both Saturday and Sunday to Clinch Jockey of the Week
Jockey C.J. McMahon continued to rack up wins this week in the Lone Star state. He won with ten of his 18 mounts and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 8th – June 14th. 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.
On Friday June 12th, McMahon did something he rarely does…. not win a race on a night he rides during the current Lone Star Park meeting. He lost with all three of his calls but the 20 year old quickly bounced back and scored ten wins over the next two evenings. McMahon had back to back “five-baggers” and increased his lead to 38 wins over the riders that are chasing him.
Borel Taking Summer Off, to Return in Fall
But the 48-year-old Hall of Fame jockey says not to interpret that as pending retirement. He said Sunday that he will be back riding at Churchill’s September meet. For one thing, he is looking forward to riding Cosmic Revolution, on whom he finished a good second in a May 21 maiden race in the 2-year-old filly’s first start.
Other than a few years riding at Saratoga, Borel has spent summers riding at Ellis Park, including winning 15 races there last year. But with Cosmic Revolution not likely to run for a few weeks after Churchill’s meet ends, the timing works well.
Espinoza to Ride at Gulfstream July 5th; Lining up Mounts for Summit of Speed Card
Victor Espinoza, the celebrated jockey of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, will make a special appearance and ride on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, July 5.
The 43-year-old native of Mexico City became part of Thoroughbred history at Belmont Park on June 6 when he guided Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah to a dominating 5 ½-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee became the first horse in 37 years to pull off a sweep of the Triple Crown.
JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Turf Publicists of America and racing fans.