Silent Auction Fundraiser to Support Permanently Disabled
A consortium of racing organizations has
announced the second annual Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser
to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 29 tracks and racing
venues across the U.S. to raise funds for the Permanently
Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
Proceeds from the collaborative effort by the Thoroughbred
Racing Associations (TRA), PDJF, JockeyTalk360, and the Jockeys’
Guild will provide aid for permanently disabled jockeys’ health
care and living expenses.
Each participating track will hold a silent auction of framed,
autographed photographs of Secretariat (signed by jockey Ron
Turcotte), American Pharoah (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza),
American Pharoah winning the Kentucky Derby (signed by trainer
Bob Baffert), and a collage of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown
victories (signed by trainer Bob Baffert).
“We had a successful Derby Day Silent Auction in 2015 and look
forward to this year’s event,” said PDJF President Nancy LaSala.
“We have some outstanding items and would like to thank Reed
Palmer Photography, Skip Dickstein, Ron Turcotte, Victor
Espinoza, Bob Baffert and all the racing venues. Without their
generous support, this auction would not happen.”
TRA-member tracks participating include: Arlington Park, Belmont
Park, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Finger Lakes, Gulfstream
Park, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino
at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning
Valley Race Course, Horseman’s Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs,
Laurel Park, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Louisiana Downs,
Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Sam
Houston Race Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and
Non-TRA facilities participating are Emerald Downs, Golden Gate
Fields, Los Alamitos, Will Rogers Downs, Wyoming Horse Racing,
and Zia Park.
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 approximately $7 million to permanently
disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Jane Murray
at the TRA, (410) 392-9200, ext. 222 or
Conference Set for New Orleans
March 28, 2016 - The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) has
announced New Orleans as the host city for the 24th annual
International Simulcast Conference. The 2016 conference will be
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, September 26-28.
The TRA co-sponsors the annual event with the Harness Tracks of
Each year the conference attracts more than 225 racing
executives and personnel to address the topics of chief
importance to the pari-mutuel industry, including simulcasting,
account wagering, wagering security and technology.
New Orleans Hotel and Casino is located in the heart of the
Big Easy. Enjoy a short walk or streetcar ride to the
restaurants and entertainment venues of Bourbon Street and the
French Quarter, as well as many culturally and historically-rich
A special conference room rate of $169 (not including taxes
and fees) will be offered.
More information will be posted
as it becomes available.
Money Earners Head to Derby
May 2, 2016 - Nyquist, Gun Runner, Creator,
Exaggerator, and Outwork are this year’s highest earning
3-year-olds scheduled to start in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at
Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Florida Derby and the San Vincente
Stakes, as well as last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, has
earned $1,709,000 this year. Louisiana Derby and Risen Star
Stakes victor Gun Runner has won $840,000, while Arkansas Derby
winner Creator has won $740,000. Santa Anita Derby winner
Exaggerator has won $688,000 and Outwork, winner of the Wood
Memorial Stakes, has earned $671,800.
California Chrome tops the North American standings for this
year’s earnings with $6,210,000, Nyquist is second and
Hoppertunity is third with $1,324,000.
Todd Pletcher, who trains Outwork, leads the trainer standings
with $7,925,741. California Chrome’s Art Sherman is second with
Steve Asmussen, who will saddle Creator and Gun Runner in the
Kentucky Derby, is third with $5,907,017.
Victor Espinoza, who won last year’s Derby with American Pharoah
and rides Whitmore Saturday, maintained his lead in the jockey
standings with $7,108,540. Javier Castellano is second with
$5,963,534 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $5,748,633.
Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in
North America and include earnings from select international
races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based
individuals but include earnings from select international
Click here for the leaders
through May 1, 2016.