Keeneland Barn Notes Press Release
On Sunday, Keeneland will host a Jockey Autograph Signing to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Meanwhile, the first PDJF telethon, hosted by the TVG Network in association with Betfair, will run from 1-7 p.m. ET. Fans may dial 1-844-TVG-PDJF and make a tax-deductible donation to the organization.
Hall of Fame jockeys Javier Castellano, Pat Day, Ramon Dominguez, Sandy Hawley, Chris McCarron, Mike Smith and Alex Solis will be among those awaiting calls and donations. They will be joined by other active or retired Thoroughbred jockeys and top American Quarter Horse riders Cody Jensen and Eddie Garcia as well as PDJF beneficiaries in working the phone banks at TVG studios in California and Keeneland.
Since the creation of PDJF in 2006, nearly $9 million has been distributed to support disabled riders, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. With no guaranteed source of funding from within the horse racing industry, the PDJF is 100 percent reliant on donations. More than 90 cents of every dollar donated to the PDJF goes directly to its beneficiaries.
Donations also may be made online at www.pdjf.org/donate.
Keeneland’s Jockey Autograph Signing will be held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. adjacent to the Paddock. Fans can meet jockeys currently competing here as well as retired jockeys – from Hall of Famers to history makers and Keeneland favorites.
Fans can buy these items to have signed: Keeneland Spring Meet poster ($25), Keeneland hat ($15) and Keeneland program ($10).