SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) have teamed up to organize a lively day of golf and games during Travers week to benefit the two vital non-profit organizations. The first annual “Tee-Off for TRF/PDJF” will be held at McGregor Links Country Club on Tuesday, August 23rd. Breakfast buffet starts at 10 AM with a shot-gun start before noon. A cocktail lunch, catered by the new Maestro’s at McGregor, opens at 4:30 PM.
Eclipse Award winning jockey and TRF Board Member, Richard Migliore will host the event. The tenacity and determination that brought Migliore more than 4,000 wins in a 30-year racing span has been matched by his post-career advocacy for the welfare of jockeys, and for horses that no longer can compete.
“I think it is great that two organizations that focus on both equine and human athletes are coming together for this terrific event during the Saratoga meet,” said Migliore. “I have always felt that it is incumbent upon anyone who makes a living or derives enjoyment from Thoroughbred racing to help look out for the welfare of the horses and certainly the jockeys who are no longer able to compete. I am very happy to be the `host’ of this event which should be a lot of fun.”
The cost is $225 per golfer and this includes cart, greens fees, breakfast, tee-favors, cocktails and lunch. There will be contests all day and an awards presentation during the cocktail luncheon. For those who wish to come only for cocktails and lunch at 4;30, the cost is $50 per person. Sponsorships to support the day and the work of the charities are available.
“These two organizations are very close to my heart,” said John Velazquez, North America’s all-time leading jockey in money won with more than $346 million. “The horse is what this game is all about, and they deserve to have a good life after racing.”
“As for the PDJF, I am a jockey. I have been injured in my career, but I have been fortunate that I have been able to come back and ride again. We have to take care of the jockeys who are not able to ride again as well as their families,” Velazquez said. “The PDJF does not have guaranteed funding, so this is how we raise the funds to take care of these men and women. I am looking forward to this event and to the TRF and PDJF coming together to help get needed funds.”
For more information about the golf outing, visit: http://www.trfinc.org/event/golf/
Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the largest equine rescue organization and sanctuary of its kind, devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. The TRF retrains Thoroughbreds for second careers as riding and show horses as well as for use in equine assisted therapy. The TRF prides itself in a community approach to rehabilitation. It is well known for pioneering TRF Second Chances program which pairs male and female inmates at nine state correctional facilities across the nation with ex-racehorses. The inmates participate in a certified vocational training course in horse care and stable maintenance while experiencing the therapeutic benefit of working with horses. TRF Second Chances farms are located in NY, FL, KY, SC, VA, IN, MA, MD, and IL. The TRF’s other locations include James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, VA, and at satellite farms in CA, NY, VA, OK, VT and SC. The TRF is accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. www.trfinc.org
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed over $7 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Many of the jockeys served were injured while in their 20s and 30s and face decades of living with a disability. With no source of income or financial cushion, they are dependent on the fund to help support themselves and their families. The PDJF is committed to working with both industry and medical research groups to improve the safety of both the human and equine athlete. https://pdjf.org
For additional information: go to www.trfinc.org, or call (518)226-0028.
Contact: Diana Pikulski -T – (518)226-0028 -C- (802)233-5377