Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Fourth Annual Live Telethon to Benefit PDJF to Be Held Apr. 10

TVG, the New York Racing Association, Keeneland and Santa Anita will team with Hall of Fame jockeys who are members of the Jockeys' Guild and other prominent racing personalities to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) Sunday, Apr. 10 for the fourth annual telethon to raise money for the PDJF. The event will be broadcast on both TVG and America's Day at the Races on FS2 in collaboration with NYRA and FOX Sports. After missing 2020 due to the pandemic, the popular event returned in 2021 and...

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Joe Morris Named Jockeys and Jeans Ambassador

Jockeys and Jeans, a volunteer group dedicated to raising funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), has named Caesars Entertainment Inc. Vice President of Racing Joe Morris as an official Jockeys and Jeans Ambassador. In this role, Morris will advocate for wounded jockeys' financial support, make known the inherent dangers of racing, and help in jockey recovery. "It's hard putting into context what this level of participation means to horse racing's fallen heroes," said Barry Pearl, President of Jockeys and Jeans. "It's more than a response to a huge...

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Lane's End Surfboard Auction Raises Nearly $50K for PDJF

Lane's End Farm helped raise nearly $50,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) with the auction of 20 hand-crafted surfboards, each individually designed to highlight the nursery's stallion roster. The surfboards were created in partnership with the Cornett advertising agency and the Torrance, California-based Chili Surfboards. Prior to being auctioned off to the highest bidders, the surfboards were on public display at Breeders' Cup partner hotels in the Del Mar area as well as the racetrack over Breeders' Cup weekend. John Velazquez, Mike Smith, Drayden Van Dyke and Victor...

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Lane's End Surfboards to Benefit PDJF

Twenty-four handcrafted surfboards representing the entire Lane's End Farm stallion roster will be on display at Del Mar and at Breeders' Cup partner hotels from Nov. 3-6 and will be auctioned off to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, according to a press release from the farm Thursday. The PDJF is an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries. The unique boards will be on public display at the Hyatt Regency, Fairmont Grand, Lodge at Torrey Pines, and L'Auberge—as well as Del Mar...

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Live Telethon to Benefit PDJF Returns to TVG Oct. 17

Hall of Fame jockeys, TVG's on-air talent and other prominent racing personalities will once again take to the phones Sunday, Oct. 17 as TVG and The Jockeys Guild host the third annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The event, canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, raised $330,000 in 2019, an increase of more than $100,000 over the inaugural event in 2018. Fan favorite jockeys of today and years past will be on hand live at call centers in California and Kentucky from 12:00...

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Jockeys and Jeans Raises Record Funds

Last Saturday's Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser held at Monmouth Park raised $340,000, breaking the record of $312,000 raised in 2019 when the event was held at Canterbury Park. Organized by an all volunteer group, Jockeys and Jeans has now raised a total of $1.9 million for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. "I've heard it said that jockeys don't get the credit they deserve by the racing industry and don't do enough to help each other," said Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl. "We just proved that is a myth." At...

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Proxy Bidding Available for Jockeys and Jeans Live Auction

The upcoming seventh annual Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)'s popular Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser, to be held Sept. 11 at Monmouth Park, will feature proxy bidding for the live auction items available at the event. A number of unique items and racing-related memorabilia are being offered in the live auction, including halters worn by American Pharoah, Authentic, Curlin, and Tiz the Law, as well as a boot signed by the last five winning jockeys of the Triple Crown and a signed custom racing saddle. Click here for the auction proxy...

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Jockeys and Jeans Names Caesars Entertainment as Presenting Sponsor for Fundraiser

Jockeys and Jeans, a volunteer group dedicated to raising funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), has named Caesars Entertainment Inc. as the presenting sponsor for its 7th annual fundraising event Sept. 11 at Monmouth Park. Founded in 2014 by five former jockeys, Jockeys and Jeans has raised more than $1.6 million to benefit the PDJF through a yearly stallion season sale and its annual fundraising event. "As a company tightly aligned with horse racing, it was important for us to get involved with Jockeys and Jeans," said Joe...

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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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Jockeys Support PDJF Saturday

Jockeys across the country will join in a show of support for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Saturday. At some 25 racetracks, riders will wear armbands and participate in fund-raising activities raise funds for the PDJF and raise awareness of National Disability Independence Day, which marks the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Racetracks, along with their jockey colonies, participating in the...

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Jockeys and Jeans Sept. 11 at Monmouth

The annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser will be held this year at Monmouth Park on Sept. 11 with all proceeds going directly to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. In addition to honoring seven riders who suffered career-ending injuries, this year's fundraiser will also honor first responders on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Last year's fundraiser, scheduled to be held at Churchill Downs, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "This year's event will be special for several reasons," said Barry Pearl, president of Jockeys and Jeans. "This...

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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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