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 until the event at www.32auctions.com. For more information, contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing, Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at (626) 574-6413 or Alexis.email@example.com.