From the Paulick Report
Major sponsors and an A-list cadre of racing celebrities are lined up for the Shane Sellers’ Second Annual All-Star Jockeys’ No-Limit Hold’Em Poker Tournament to be held October 12, 2014 at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road, Lexington, Ky.
Former jockey Shane Sellers, on behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF), and Bridget Parker of Parker View Farm are hosting the event to benefit both the PDJF and The Simunye Project, the latter a humanitarian relief effort in an impoverished area in KawZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was Parker’s professional association with Shane Sellers and his support for the PDJF which linked these two worthy causes.
Joining previously-announced attendees Robby Albarado, Calvin Borel, Jean Cruget, Julien Leparoux, and Rosie Napravnik will be Jon Court, Florent Geroux, Corey Lanerie, Joel Rosario, Francisco Torres and many others from the Keeneland jockey colony and horse racing community.
The PDJF and The Simunye Project are grateful to the event’s sponsors Modern Business Associates, WinStar Farm LLC, Daily Racing Form, Horse Racing Radio Network, Horseshoe Casino – Southern Indiana, Jockeys’ Guild, Keeneland Association Inc., A.J. Bruwer; and Kenny and Ceil Wheeler. Liquor sponsors are Jefferson’s Bourbon, Mount Rozier Wines by Nic de Wet, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Auction items include: a George Straight autographed Fender guitar from his “Cowboy Rides Away” tour; a trip to South Africa; a California Chrome saddle towel autographed by owner, trainer and jockey; a Barbados vacation; an exotic game hunting package in Texas; a duck hunting package on Pecan Island, LA; and many other great items of horse racing memorabilia.
Tickets for the event (includes buffet dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions) are $65 per person (consumable value $40.00). There is a $250 buy-in for poker; spaces limited to 125 players,. Both event and poker tickets are available at www.pdjf.org. Check-in for poker begins at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m., and tournament play begins at 7 p.m. Based on 125 players, the top prize will be $10,000 with finishers two through 10 also receiving cash prizes. Chicago-based Vic Zatto will entertain the crowd with his hilarious Las Vegas-style comedy, impersonations and stand-up routines.
Both The Simunye Project and the PDJF are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. The Simunye Project was founded by Bridget Parker in 1986 after visits to the region indicated a dire need for improved living conditions and humanitarian aid. The PDJF, founded in 2006, provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries, mostly paralysis and traumatic brain injuries.