Jockeys will sign Ellis Park 100th season commemorative posters to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) on Saturday.
The jockey autograph session is part of Jockeys Across America, where tracks across the country pay tribute to National Disability Independence Day and raise funds for and awareness about the PDJF.
The Ellis Park jockeys, as their riding schedules permit, will sign the full-color posters throughout the afternoon at a table between the paddock pavilion and the paddock. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted for the PDJF, a 501(c)(3) charity that currently provides financial assistance to approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
“This is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts,” said Jon Court, the dean of the Kentucky jockeys and a six-time Ellis Park meet leader. “We love our fans and invite everyone to come out and help us help our colleagues who sacrificed so much.”
“No other major sport allows so much access to its participants as horse racing does on a daily basis,” said Ellis Park General Manager Jeff Inman. “Our jockeys routinely sign autographs after races. Saturday provides an organized opportunity for fans to create a real keepsake by getting any number of riders to sign our souvenir century poster.”
Sunday is also HBPA College Day at Ellis Park with $1,000 scholarships and iPad mini/AirPods packages given out to full-time college students. Full-time students, including incoming freshmen, will receive a free Ellis Park/HBPA College Day ball cap just for registering for the drawings.