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SANTA ANITA JOCKS, HOLY ANGELS CAGERS MEET FEB. 21, 46TH ANNUAL GAME TO BENEFIT HOLY ANGELS ATHLETICS, DISABLED RIDERS & EYE ON JACOB FOUNDATION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2013)—The 46th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Game time is 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6:15 p.m.
WestsideRentals.com and Meticulous Talent Management will co-sponsor the event which will again enjoy the support of a wide spectrum of people from the horse racing industry, including Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Gary Stevens and Mike Smith. All of these legendary jockeys will be available to autograph photos and other memorabilia beginning at 6:30 p.m. This legendary group of jockeys will also serve as honorary team captains.
Top jockeys David Flores and Joe Talamo will each take on the role of active co-captains and HRTV’s Kurt Hoover will again coach the jockeys.
“This is so much fun, every year,” said Flores, who is among five finalists for the 2013 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. “It’s fun to get out there with the other jocks and we enjoy the competition with the kids (seventh and eighth graders) from Holy Angels. My kids enjoy it every year and I think everybody does—we all look forward to it.
“It’s great that we’re now able to help raise money for the PDJF and to bring awareness to the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Racing is a very dangerous sport and we have a lot of guys around the country with serious injuries who need help in their everyday lives. The PDJF is there for them and we want to do all we can to help out.”
The Eye on Jacob Foundation is named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 14-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. Jacob Desormeaux was diagnosed several years ago with Usher’s Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.
“We are honored to be part of this event,” said Sonia Desormeaux. “We’re hoping to be able to provide some nice prizes and to make people aware of Usher’s Syndrome, which is extremely rare. Jacob is looking forward to the game and he’s elated to be part of it and to hang out with all the jockeys during the game.”
In addition to WestsideRentals.com and Meticulous Talent Management, sponsors for this year’s event also include: Hollywood Sports Park, KHS Bicycle, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, and Temple City Bike Shop.
Those attending will be eligible to win prizes which include: A paint ball package to Hollywood Sports Park, an Electra Townie 3-speed Adult Alumni bike (retails for $550), a kids BMX Free Agent Stiletto bike (retails for $350), and a Half Court Prize, to be determined, by Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, as well as basketballs which will be signed by all jockeys and student-players.
This year’s Santa Anita jockey team is likely to include: Captains David Flores and Joe Talamo, Rafael Bejarano, Alex Bisono, Brice Blanc, Victor Espinoza, Omar Figueroa, Eswan Flores, Martin Garcia, Garrett Gomez, Aaron Gryder, Mario Gutierrez, Kevin Krigger, Julien Leparoux, Modesto Linares, Edwin Maldonado, Orlando Mojica, Corey Nakatani, Alonso Quinonez, Kayla Stra, Mike Smith and perhaps others.
HRTV’s Kurt Hoover will again coach the jockeys’ squad, while Joe Mora, Kathy Rameriez and Austin Puertas will lead the Holy Angel’s crew.
La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita Park. Admission is $5.00