Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser brings in $310K

Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser brings in $310K

July 10, 2018 3:00 AM
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The June 23 Jockeys and Jeans fundraising event at Canterbury Park in Minnesota took in $310,000, easily topping the record $254,000 raised at Parx Racing last year, organizers have announced. The fundraiser is part of the effort by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) to help support injured riders.

The new funds now take the total amount raised by the group to over $1 million. Jockeys and Jeans is an all-volunteer group that works to help support the PDJF.

The PDJF makes monthly payments of $1,000 to 60 former jockeys who suffered catastrophic racing accidents with 40 riders now either pari or quadriplegics. Most of the remainder suffered severe brain injuries.

Jockeys and Jeans has officially announced its 2019 annual fundraiser is set for Santa Anita and in 2020 will move to Churchill Downs. No specific dates for these upcoming events have been formalized at this time.