Jockeys at around 25 racetracks across America will wear wristbands and participate in other activities this Saturday to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and raise awareness for National Disability Independence Day, which coincides with the 31st 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.
Racetracks participating in this Saturday promotion along with their jockey colonies, unless otherwise noted, include: Arizona Downs (Monday, August 2nd); 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 8); 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 Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is a 501 (c) (3) charity that currently funds approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic injuries on the track. Founded in 2006 by leaders in the thoroughbred and quarter horse industries, the PDJF has paid out over $ 11.5 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom are paralyzed or traumatized. More information and donations can be found at www.pdjf.org.