FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RACETRACK WARRIORS, JOCKEYS’ GUILD AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND HAVE ENTERED INTO AGREEMENT FOR JOCKEY DRAFT GAME
LEXINGTON, 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