Randy Sampson, CEO and Chairman of Canterbury Park, has been named Jockeys and Jeans 2022 Person of the Year. Sampson is a member of the Jockeys and Jeans organizing committee and has been helpful in advising it on track relations and fundraising. Canterbury Park, the track he and his family own in Shakopee, MN, hosted the 2018 Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser, raising $268,000.
Sampson will accept the award at the eighth annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser July 2 at Churchill Downs.
“Of course, I am truly honored,” Sampson said. “But there are likely some out there who more deserve the recognition. But it is not about recognition, it's about the opportunity to speak for and help disabled former riders.”
Jockeys and Jeans President, Barry Pearl called Sampson, “a Godsend.”
“Not only have he and the track been major contributors, he is a roll up your sleeves type of guy who not only knows how to get a lot of things done but is willing to spend the time to get them done,” Pearl said.
Jockeys and Jeans, an all-volunteer group founded by five former jockeys, has raised over $2 million for Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.