Caesars Entertainment Inc. has been named the presenting sponsor of the seventh annual Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)'s popular Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser, to be held Sept. 11 at Monmouth. Over a dozen Hall of Fame jockeys plan to attend to honor seven fellow riders who suffered catastrophic and/or career-ending injuries. There will be silent and live auctions of racing-related memorabilia and autograph sessions throughout the event. All funds generated will go to the PDJF to benefit injured former jockeys.
“As a company tightly aligned with horse racing, it was important for us to get involved with Jockeys and Jeans,” said Joe Morris, senior vice president of racing at Caesars, the largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S. “Its mission to give back to former jockeys is an important one, and we're proud to serve as a presenting sponsor of their annual fundraising event to honor the legacy of so many great jockeys who love this sport.”
Founded in 2014 by five former jockeys, Jockeys and Jeans has raised more than $1.6 million to benefit the PDJF. The PDJF pays a monthly stipend to more than 60 former jockeys who suffered career-ending injuries, including many whose injuries left them paralyzed.