Fundraiser Oct. 15 for Declan Cannon

Friends of jockey Declan Cannon are organizing an auction to raise funds for him while he is out of action following a spill Sept. 13 at Indiana Grand in which he fractured vertebrae. The fundraiser will take place this Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at McCarthy's Irish bar in Lexington. "Declan is a very popular jockey from Ireland with a very young family. Obviously being out of action has severely cut down his income. He is expected to be out of action up to six months," said Hunter Valley...

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Run for the Ribbons Hosting Chili Food Fight Fundraiser

Run for the Ribbons will hold the first annual Food Fight Fundraiser at Cedar Lock Farm Oct. 23 at 5 p.m., featuring a chili cook-off, live music, raffles, and door prizes. All proceeds go to the charitable organization RFTR to fund off-track Thoroughbred retraining and rehoming programs. Taster Tickets can be purchased online at for $10 each and include a sample cup of each chili, one vote card, bread, one beverage, and access to raffles, including a 50/50 cash raffle. Tasters will vote for the Food Fight Champion after...

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Caesars Named Presenting Sponsor of PDJF Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser

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...

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TfRI and France Galop Support Cheval Esperance

Together for Racing International (TfRI) and France Galop have joined forces to support Cheval Esperance, an association to give those either socially or physically disadvantaged the opportunity to develop skills and confidence through equine therapy. France Galop has donated a race during its popular Deauville meeting to the cause, with the goal of raising €20,000. Targeting people in the Normandy region of Rouen, Cheval Esperance was set up 15 years ago by Sabine and Laurent Bidault, who himself has a neurodegenerative disease. There are more than 200 riders each week...

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Recio Fundraiser An Unqualified Success

An event held Sunday, Aug. 1 at McCarthy's Irish Bar in downtown Lexington raised better than $83,000 to benefit the family of Mike Recio, the part-owner of the South Point Sales Consignment, who is battling sepsis in the intensive care unit at Central Baptist Hospital. Spendthrift Farm's Mark Toothaker, a friend of Recio's who helped organize the event, estimates that better than 200 people attended the event at the popular bar and "you couldn't get another person in there with a shoehorn." A vast array of experiences, services, unique items...

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PDJF Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser Set for Sept. 11 at Monmouth

Seventeen Hall of Fame jockeys--a list that includes former Monmouth Park leading riders Don Brumfield, Julie Krone and Craig Perret--will be on hand when the seventh annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser holds its annual event at Monmouth Park on Sept. 11. All of the proceeds from the event go directly to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. In addition to honoring seven riders who suffered catastrophic or career-ending injuries, this year's fundraiser will honor firemen and police officers on the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center towers....

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Naas to Help Barretstown Charity

In conjunction with the Irish EBF Ballyhane S., Naas Racecourse has partnered with Barretstown, a children's charity, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A JustGiving page has been set up here and Naas is requesting minimum donations of €5. Each donation will be placed in a draw-to be held on July 30--and assigned one of 24 horses in the €300,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane S. on Aug. 2. The fundraiser will close on Juy 28 at noon. The person assigned to the winning horse will receive a €5,000...

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Champions Talk RSVP Deadline July 9

Champions Talk, a fundraiser for the NY Race Track Chaplaincy, is scheduled to be held July 19 at 3 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Saratoga Springs. The RSVP deadline has been extended to July 9. A limited number of seats are available for the round-table discussion featuring five champion jockeys--Chris McCarron, Jorge Velasquez, Richard Migliore, Laffite Pincay Jr. and Angel Cordero Jr. The event, which will be followed by a cocktail reception, will be moderated by Tom Durkin. Each attendee will receive a free limited edition autographed bobblehead of...

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Commonwealth Polo Presents 'Polo for the PDJF'

The first 'Polo for the PDJF' is set for this Friday, Apr. 23, at the Commonwealth Polo Coub, with all proceeds benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.' The evening will include dinner, drinks, entertainment, a silent auction, with the main attraction being the retired and active jockeys who will be playing polo while riding retired race horses. Jockeys who will be playing include Chris McCarron, Rosie Napravnik, Patty Cooksey, Anthony Stephen, Michael Heath and many others. Additionally, the event will be emceed by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and...

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Second Stride Ky Derby Fundraiser Set for Apr. 25

In tandem with this season's Kentucky Derby, Second Stride will host its annual fundraiser Sunday, Apr. 25 at 6:00p.m. EST. Heading into this year's fundraiser, a silent auction will open Tuesday, Apr. 20. Silent auction items will include: A day in the announcer's booth at iconic Churchill Downs A round of golf at the historic Valhalla Golf Club A halter worn by American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeder's Cup Classic A VIP Tailgate at a University of Kentucky or University of Louisville football game A tour...

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'Champions Talk' to Feature Five Champion Jockeys

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy announced the 2021 renewal of its Champions Talk fundraiser will feature five retired champion jockeys--Ángel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Richard Migliore, Laffit Pincay Jr. and Jorge Velasquez. The quintet won over 34,000 races. The fundraiser will premiere on the organization's YouTube Channel and Facebook page Aug. 11, 2021. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., a three-time Eclipse award winner, will also be honored in recognition of his dedication and support of the backstretch community in New York. Durkin, the former New York Racing Association announcer, will...

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Park Lane Stables Fundraising Update

Since the start of a crowdfunding effort for Park Lane Stables RDA (Riding for the Diabled), over £362,000 has been raised toward the charity's goal of £1 million generated by Feb. 24. The Teddington-based riding school's landlord is not renewing their lease and is selling the property. The £1 million would go toward the purchase of the property and allow Park Lane Stables to continue its mission of providing therapy and happiness to children and adults with and without disabilities and mental health challenges. Normally, without the COVID-19 pandemic, the...

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