Trackside Report: Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund kicks off Saturday

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Race tracks across the country are gearing up for the Second Annual Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund.

It takes place Saturday at tracks across the nation including right here in Saratoga. The Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries while riding.

It was founded in 2006 and since then over 5 million has been given to disabled jockeys. Race tracks across the country are getting involved by dedicating a day to help raise awareness and money.

From 11:30 to 12:30 at the track, with the donation of $5 fans will get autographs from hall of fame jockeys. A commemorative magazine will also be available for autographs for $10. All the money will go straight to the non-profit.

The highlight of the day will take place a little later when Saratoga’s top jockey’s hits the track. They will break from the starting gate and run a ½ furlong during the jockey foot race!

“It’ll be fun. Last year jockey Luis Saez won, so if you want to bet on him again this year he’ll be participating and it’ll just be a great day in which we’ll raise awareness for the jockey’s,” said Najja Thompson, Racing Communication Specialist.

The jockey foot race will take place Saturday after the fifth race of the day.

Fans can also bet on their favorite jockey for a chance to win either a reserved picnic table or a table in the lower carousel sports bar. Just make a $5 donation! Donations bins will be placed across the track for fans to donate to the fund.

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