Fellow jockeys, exercise riders, trainers, owners, grooms and several other members of the Woodbine horse racing community will come together Monday, June 20, for the 'Backstretch Baseball Tournament' at Paul Coffey Park in Malton to raise money for jockey Sheena Ryan, who suffered serious injuries in a morning training accident in the backstretch in early May, injuries that required major surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital. The event, which includes six teams playing in the tournament, a $5 BBQ lunch, free ice cream truck, DJ Fabulous, a silent auction, and a 50/50 draw, is open to the public. The first game is at 11:30 a.m. with the championship at 4:00 p.m.
“We'd love to see people come out to see the jockeys in a much different way than they're used to seeing them,” said jockey agent Neal Wilson. “We have a large picnic area and plenty of great things for families to enjoy. It's going to be a great day and we encourage everyone to come out and join in the fun.”
The Woodbine racing community has banded together to raise funds for the popular rider, who was getting back on horses after suffering a concussion last fall. A GoFundMe was organized by fellow jockey and close friend, Isabelle Wenc.