'Hats and Halters' To Benefit PDJF, TJC Safety Net Foundation


Life Is Good | Sarah Andrew

'Hats and halters,' an online auction in which racing fans will have an opportunity to bid on and win halters and hats of this year's GI Breeders' Cup Classic entrants, will raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. The fundraiser opened Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET.

The auction winner of each halter gets a meet and greet with the horse by January 2023, and if they select the halter of the Classic winner, they receive $5,000. There will also be a limited number of Breeders' Cup hats of all Classic entrants provided by the Breeders' Cup and signed by the jockey slated to ride the horse in the Classic that will be offered for $200. Displays will be featured at Jock Tales, Fashionable Fillies, and A Call to Post.

'Hats and Halters' Gold Sponsors include WinStar Farm and CHC (Life Is Good); Lane's End, West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Hronis Racing, and Summer Wind Equine (Flightline); Gainesway, LNJ Foxwoods, Grandview Equine,and Cheyenne Stable (Olympiad); Gainesway, Strauss Bros. Racing, and Roadrunner Racing (Hot Rod Charlie); Zedan Racing Stables (Taiba); Wertheimer and Frere and Airdrie Stud (Happy Saver); Red TR Racing (Rich Strike); and Spendthrift Farm.

“Our heartbeat is for the people who work so hard to care for our beloved athletes,” said Shannon Kelly, Executive Director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “Thanks to all the owners and bidders who will participate.”

“We are always grateful for the support of our beloved jockeys by the owners,” said Nancy LaSala, PDJF President. “Their support means the world to our recipients.”

For more information and to participate in the online halter auction, visit 32Auctions.com/BCHatsandHalters2022. For the hats, visit https://pdjf.org/shop/.

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