Jockeys at approximately 25 racetracks across America will wear armbands and participate in other activities on July 31st to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and raise awareness of National Disability Independence Day, which marks the 31st of July. Disability Act (ADA).
The ADA banned disability discrimination in all areas of public life while improving the quality of life for millions of people with disabilities. Most circuits will host activities on Saturday encouraging fans and industry participants to contribute to the PDJF on PDJF.org. The PDJF is a 501 (c) (3) public charity that provides financial support to approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries on the track.
Tracks participating in this Saturday promotion with their jockey colony, unless otherwise noted, include: Arizona Downs (Monday, Aug 2); Arlington Park; Canterbury Park (Sunday August 1st), Colonial Downs Racetrack (Monday August 2nd); Delaware Park; Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; Delta Downs, Ellis Park, Emerald Downs; Evangeline Downs, Fan Duel Sports Book and Horse Racing (formerly Fairmount Park); Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track (Tuesday, March 8th); Golden gate fields; Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino; Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; Indiana Grand Racing and Casino (Thursday, July 29); Los Alamitos race track; Monmouth Park; Mountaineering Casino, Racetrack, and Resort; Penn National (Friday, July 30th), Pimlico Race Course; Prairie meadows; Ruidoso Downs; Sam Houston Race Park; and Saratoga Racetrack.
The Saratoga event will include a meeting and autograph session of the local jockey colony with a proposed donation to PDJF. It takes place in the Jockey Silks Room from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm ET.