Velazquez, Castellano, Smith and More Profiled on Xpressbet.com and YouTube Channel, XB-TV
October 24, 2014 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is excited to unveil a series of videos, dubbed Favorites, which give viewers an unsaddled and unscripted look at North America’s best jockeys. Created in conjunction with the Jockeys’ Guild and HRTV, these videos feature Q&A sessions with top riders as they candidly discuss their lives on and off the track.
In addition to giving viewers the opportunity to get to know their favorite jockeys better, Favorites also generates awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The PDJF provides assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. At the end of each video, the profiled jockey asks viewers to consider donating to the PDJF by texting ‘JOCKEY’ to 50555.
Episodes of Favorites can be viewed at http://www.xpressbet.com/favorites or on Xpressbet’s YouTube channel, XB-TV. The current series features ten jockeys – John Velazquez, Mike Smith, Javier Castellano, Joe Talamo, Rafael Bejarano, Joel Rosario, Kent Desormeaux, Jose Lezcano, Elvis Trujillo and Joe Bravo – with more videos to be introduced in 2014 and 2015.
“The highlight of Favorites for us, and we hope the viewers agree, was getting to know the jockeys as more than the men and women that we watch riding horses each afternoon,” said Xpressbet’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “Each rider brought incredible enthusiasm and memorable experiences to the table, and their passion for the sport and the horses is completely evident in the videos.”
Hall of Fame rider and Jockeys’ Guild Chairman, John Velazquez, added, “I had a great time working with Xpressbet and HRTV on Favorites. All the riders hope that fans will enjoy the videos, and take our plea to donate to the PDJF to heart. Those jockeys need all the help that we can provide.”
Xpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States. It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device. Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing. Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network.