Cruz Front-Running Winner of Jockey Foot Race for PDJF

Laurel Park Press Release Angel Cruz, breaking from Post 1 and racing without shoes, sprinted to a quick lead and held off apprentice Julio Correa’s late surge to capture the jockey foot race held between Races 4 and 5 to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. For a minimum $5 donation, fans could “wager” on their favorite jockey in the 110-yard race, where the starting gate was positioned at the sixteenth pole in front of the grandstand. All proceeds from the race went to the PDJF. Other jockeys participating in the race were Sheldon Russell, Jevian Toledo, Katie Davis, Julio Correa, Rosario Montanez, Jorge Vargas Jr., Weston Hamilton, Kali Francois, Avery Whisman, Trevor McCarthy and Victor Rosales. The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association each presented the PDJF with $1,000 checks during a winner’s circle ceremony with members of Laurel’s jockey colony prior to the jockey race. Prizes and swag bags from local breweries were raffled off as part of Laurel’s special Red, White & Brews event, and PDJF caps and shirts were available for specified donations, with all money going to the PDJF. The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed nearly $9 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis...

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Record Number of Riders to Attend Jockeys and Jeans

TDN/PDJF Release A Jockeys and Jeans-record 19 Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with the attendees and sign autographs. They include Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr, Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, Bobby Ussery, and Jorge Velasquez. New this year are Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens. The six honorees at this year’s event are Oscar Andrade, Stacy Burton, Dennis Collins, Jack Fires, Armando Rivera and Diego Sanchez. All became pari or quadriplegics as a result of racing accidents. Committee member Jayme LaRocca, a severely injured former rider who oversees relations with injured riders, will also be there. Andrade, Collins and Sanchez will attend for the first time. “It’s truly an honor to help my severely injured brothers and sisters and I know it’s the same for every Hall of Famer who has taken the time out of their lives to attend,” said organizing committee member Sandy Hawley. Tickets are limited and on sale at www.santaanita.com, and an online auction of memorabilia is in place...

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TVG, Jockeys’ Guild Announce Telethon For PDJF

Lexington, KY and Los Angeles, CA — Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7th as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. Once again superstar guest jockeys of today and yesterday will be waiting at the other end of the line from 12pm to 7pm ET. Racing fans and industry stakeholders are invited to call, chat and contribute @ 1-844-TVG-PDJF. Jockey Mike Smith will be joined by riding legends Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Steve Cauthen, Chris McCarron, Sandy Hawley, Ramon Dominguez, Alex Solis and Quarter Horse legend, G. R. Carter.  Also on the call will be leading jockeys riding at Keeneland and Santa Anita that day.  Throughout the day, TVG will be connecting with personalities and horsemen who have been involved with the PDJF’s great work in support of jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track career-ending injuries. Fans are encouraged to donate by calling 1-844-TVG-PDJF or at https://pdjf.org/donate/ The PDJF is a registered 501c3 charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered on-track injuries. Since its foundation in 2006, PDJF has disbursed nearly $10 million to support disabled jockeys, the organization is 100% reliant on charitable donations. “2018 was an amazing success and we’re looking forward to...

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New York Horsemen And Jockeys’ Guild Reach Agreement On New Losing Mount Fee Schedule

Jockeys’ Guild Press Release   NYTHA and NYRA Jockeys Commit to Funding for PDJF and Aftercare The Jockeys’ Guild and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have reached an agreement to increase the losing mount fees for jockeys at the NYRA tracks. It is the first change in the losing mount fee schedule for NYRA’s riders since 2008. The new fee schedule, which lines up with the new NYRA purse distribution, will be launched for the Saratoga meet that opens July 20. NYRA purses are divided as follows: 55% for first, 20% for second, 12% for third, 6% for fourth, 4% for fifth and 3% divided from sixth through last. “Through what were highly constructive negotiations with the Guild, we were able to reach what we believe is an equitable arrangement for the NYRA riders,” NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum said. “We all know the risks that the riders face on a daily basis, and we are fortunate to have such an elite jockey colony in New York. “We are also pleased to announce that, as part of the deal, NYTHA will underscore our commitment to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” Appelbaum continued. “Since 2014, we have contributed $1 per mount, which has totaled around $17,000 a year. Going forward, we will guarantee a $20,000 annual donation to the PDJF.” New York’s horsemen also donate $5 per start to...

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Former Canterbury Park jockey Paul Nolan is on a difficult road to recovery

By Rachel Blount (Star Tribune) All the details remain clear in Paul Nolan’s mind, 14 months after that terrifying day at Will Rogers Downs. How his horse stepped in a hole and buckled as he galloped past the finish line in the eighth race. How his body “went fuzzy” as he lay in the Oklahoma dirt, unable to move his limbs, after his mount rolled over on him twice. And how, when the longtime Canterbury Park jockey realized the fate that awaited him, he considered that death might be his best option. “I was scared,” Nolan said, his voice dropping to a whisper. “I couldn’t breathe. At that moment, I thought, ‘If I just stick my face in the dirt real hard, I could finish it.’ I didn’t know if I could live like this.” To Nolan, that meant relying on a wheelchair, spending days in painful physical therapy, learning how to walk again and regain full use of his arms and hands. That has been his life’s work since April 18, 2017, when his four-decade career in one of sports’ most perilous professions was halted by a deep contusion to his C3 vertebra. Every jockey knows that every time they step onto the racetrack, their ride could end in death, paralysis, lengthy hospital stays or seven-figure medical bills. According to the Jockeys’ Guild, 157 riders have died on the...

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