Consortium to Offer Prized Photos at Auction for PDJF
A consortium of racing organizations will conduct Derby Day silent auctions to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) with framed, autographed photographs of California Chrome (signed by Victor Espinoza), Secretariat (Penny Chenery), Wise Dan (John Velazquez), and Zenyatta (Mike Smith).
The collaborative effort at 25 tracks and racing venues is organized by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360 and the Jockeys’ Guild. Proceeds will provide aid for health care and living expenses of permanently disabled jockeys.
TRA-member tracks participating include Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Delaware Park, Finger Lakes, Gulfstream Park, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Parx Racing, Pimlico, Portland Meadows, Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park. Finger Lakes will be conducting its auction on its opening day, May 1.
Non-TRA facilities participating are Les Bois Park, Ruidoso Downs, and the Casper and Evanston OTBs in Wyoming.
Individuals and others who wish to contribute to the fundraising effort for disabled jockeys may do so by sending checks payable to: PDJF, P.O. Box 803, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or visit its website at www.pdjf.org. PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed over $5 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or [email protected]
Edited TRA release