Moreno Victorious in Charles Town Classic

April 20, 2015  – Moreno scored a two-length victory and set a track record in Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The 5-year-old Ghostzapper gelding traveled the 1 1/8 mile distance in 1:48.81 and boosted his current year’s earnings to $1,092,000 to place fourth on the list of North America’s leading money-earning Thoroughbreds.

The race favorite, Shared Belief, was eased and pulled up on the backstretch by jockey Mike Smith after suffering a minor stifle injury.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainers’ standings with $7,409,480. Bob Baffert, who sent out Whiskey Ticket to win the $400,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Saturday, is second with $5,711,634.

Jerry Hollendorfer is third with $4,210,800.

Victor Espinoza maintains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $7,047,886. Javier Castellano is second with $5,471,320 and John Velazquez is third with $5,025,653.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through April 19, 2015, click here.
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Derby Day Silent Auction Fundraiser to support Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Contact: Jane Murray, TRA Director of Services
(410) 392-9200, ext. 222, jmurray@tra-online.com
Monday, April 20, 2015


ELKTON, Md. – A consortium of racing organizations has announced a Derby Day fundraising campaign to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 25 tracks and racing venues across the U.S. to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Each participating track will hold a silent auction of framed, autographed photographs of California Chrome (signed by jockey Victor Espinoza), Secretariat (signed by owner Penny Chenery), Wise Dan (signed by jockey John Velazquez), and Zenyatta (signed by jockey Mike Smith).

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.

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 their auction on their opening day, Friday, 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 jmurray@tra-online.com.

 

Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:

In January 1946, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) was incorporated as a private investigative agency whose principal mission was to address issues of integrity and security in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRA, TRPB represents a unified effort by TRA-member racetrack associations to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain public confidence.

Upcoming Industry Events:
  Event Date
* Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs, KY
May 2, 2015
www.kyderby.com
* Preakness Stakes
Pimlico Race Course, MD
May 16, 2015
www.preakness.com/
* Pan American Conference
Grand Hyatt, New York City, NY
June 3-6, 2015
www.panamnyc2015.com
* Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park, NY
June 6, 2015
www.belmontstakes.com
* Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, KY
July 8, 2015
www.grayson-jockeyclub.org
* International Simulcast Conference
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
October 5-7, 2015
www.tra-online.com/
Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship

The Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship, begun in 1956, originally was named in honor of the late Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alumnus and one of the best known sports writers of the 20th century. In 1986, the name was changed to also honor the late Fred Russell, another Vanderbilt alumnus who helped guide the scholarship and its recipients. A $500,000 grant was made on behalf of the TRA in 1986 to ensure the future of this valuable stipend. Click here for a list of previous winners.

The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email scholarships@vanderbilt.edu.

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Subsidiaries of the TRA and The Jockey Club formed Equibase in a 1990 partnership to accumulate the racing data necessary for the unfettered growth of simulcast wagering. Prior to that time, the Daily Racing Form had been the sole collector of chart data and the dissemination of past performance information.

Recognizing the broadest possible availability of race data in daily racing programs was integral to the growth of simulcasting revenues for the tracks, the TRA found The Jockey Club a capable and eager partner in undertaking the technological and logistical issues association with building a data information company.

With the advent of the internet to general consumer use in the mid-Nineties, Equibase quickly found itself well-positioned to enter and serve the fast-growing world of electronic commerce.

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