ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2017)-Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith, Gary Stevens and Laffit Pincay, Jr. were on hand Saturday to accept a donation made on behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) for $150,000 courtesy of the Sheikh Mansoor Arabian Racing Festival and Santa Anita Park. The check presentation took place in a Winner’s Circle ceremony prior to the running of the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes.
In addition to promoting the Arabian breed throughout the world, the Sheikh Mansoor Festival is dedicated to celebrating jockeys as some of the finest professional athletes in any sport.
“Santa Anita Park is delighted to partner with the Sheikh Mansoor Festival in making this donation to such a worthy cause,” said Keith Brackpool, Chairman, Santa Anita Park. “This is a relationship that will help to bring international focus to Santa Anita and will benefit the world class athletes that make our sport unlike any other.”
Mike Smith, Gary Stevens and Laffit Pincay, Jr. accepted the check with a number of Santa Anita jockeys looking on, from Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. Founded in 2006, the PDJF currently provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who are permanently disabled as a result of on-track injuries. Since its founding, the PDJF has disbursed over $7 million to disabled riders.
The PDJF is governed by an independent board comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry.
The mission of the PDJF is to promote awareness of the needs of permanently disabled jockeys through public advocacy; to provide financial support to permanently disabled jockeys to help defray everyday expenses associated with living with a catastrophic injury; to provide financial support and assistance in obtaining medical coverage for permanently disabled jockeys; and to promote medical research dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries within the horse racing industry.
To make a donation of your own, please visit: https://pdjf.org/donate.php