The Jockeys’ Guild, Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), in conjunction with racetracks across the United States, today announced that riders competing on Saturday, July 30 (or another mutually agreed upon date that week at racetracks not racing that day), will pay tribute to National Disability Independence Day and to raise awareness and funds for the PDJF. Last year’s event raised more than $50,000 at racetracks across the country.
Racetracks and jockey colonies set to participate in the promotion include: Arizona Downs; Canterbury Park; Colonial Downs; Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; Delta Downs; Ellis Park; FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing (formally Fairmount Park), Gulfstream Racing and Casino; Horseshoe Indiana (Aug. 6); Laurel Park; Monmouth Park; Prairie Meadows; Retama Park; and Saratoga Race Course.
Most racetracks will host activities on Saturday, July 30 although some racetracks that do not race on that day will be participating on another date during the week. Fans should check with their local racetrack for exact dates and events. Throughout the day, fans and industry participants will be encouraged to contribute to the PDJF at PDJF.org. The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
Jockeys are expected to participate in various activities to support the PDJF while also saluting National Disability Independence Day, which marks the 32nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Passed by Congress in 1990 and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, the ADA banned discrimination based on disability in all parts of public life while improving the quality of life immeasurably for millions of people with disabilities.
About the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF) is a 501(c)(3) charity that currently provides financial assistance to approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Founded in 2006 by leaders in the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industries, the PDJF has disbursed over $12 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. For more information and to donate, please visit www.pdjf.org.