THOROUGHBRED JOCKEYS ESPINOZA, HIGGINS, LINDSAY, MALDONADO, MITCHELL, PENA & SUTHERLAND TO PARTICIPATE AS $150,000 TO BE DONATED BY SHEIKH MANSOOR RACING FESTIVAL & SANTA ANITA TO PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS’ FUND
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2107)–A field of 12 Arabian-bred horses have entered Saturday’s Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes at Santa Anita. For older horses, the race will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth over Santa Anita’s main track and has been carded as the 11th and final race.
In addition to top flight Arabian-bred racing the Sheikh Mansoor Racing Festival and Santa Anita Park will collectively donate $150,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF), up from $100,000 a year ago. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and a group of local riders will accept the check on behalf of the PDJF in a Winner’s Circle ceremony.
“Santa Anita Park is delighted to once again partner with the Sheikh Mansoor Racing Festival in making this donation to such a worthy cause,” said Keith Brackpool, Chairman, Santa Anita Park. “This event is a welcome addition to our racing presentation and it helps to expose our sport to a diverse international audience. On behalf of The Stronach Group and everyone at Santa Anita Park, we would especially like to thank Sheikh Mansoor and Lara Sawaya for their support of jockeys worldwide.”
With Victor Espinoza, who became the first Triple Crown-winning jockey in 37 years when he guided Bob Baffert’s American Pharoah to victory in the 2015 Belmont Stakes, engaged to ride probable favorite Paddys Day, Santa Anita regulars Chantal Sutherland, Edwin Maldonado, Rosie Higgins, Chad Lindsay, Gallyn Mitchell and Brayan Pena are also committed to participate with $100,000 on the line.
For more information on the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes, please visit santaanita.com.
Note: Saturday’s Pick Six and Late Pick Four will culminate with race 10. The 11th race will offer fans win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta and late daily double wagering.