Approximately $70,000 was raised by the Jockeys and Jeans Stallion Season Sale for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), double its 2019 revenues, the organization announced Monday. Over 20 stallion seasons were sold, including a season to Claiborne Farm's Runhappy (Super Saver), which topped proceedings at $25,000. The season was donated by the stallion's owner, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.
Other farms and people that contributed to the successful season sale were: Airdrie Stud, Adena Springs Farm, Anchor and Hope Farm, Brandywine Farm, Calumet Farm, Castleton Lyons, Darby Dan Farm, Double Diamond Farm, Robert Evans, Hill 'n' Dale, Irish Hill & Dutchess View, Lanes End Farm, Oakton Farm, Ocala Stud, Pin Oak Stud, Spendthrift Farm among others.
The all-volunteer Jockeys and Jeans Committee thanks the donors and season buyers on behalf of the 60 or so permanently disabled former jockeys, who each receives $1,000 from the PDJF each month. Since it was founded six years ago by five former jockeys, Jockeys and Jeans has raised $1.5 million for the PDJF.
“In reality I think the community that is horse racing deserves the accolades,” said President Barry Pearl. “Each and every one of the many hundreds of donors has proven that Thoroughbred racing not only loves and appreciates its racehorses, but the sport's fallen brothers and sisters who can no longer ride them.”