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Friday, April 11, 2014

PRADO OUT FOR 30 DAYS AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT

Racing Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was injured in a training accident at Keeneland Thursday morning and will be out of action for at least 30 days.

“He is doing fine this (Friday) morning. He has a hairline fracture of the C-7, which is at the base of his neck,” said Prado’s agent, Bob Klesaris. “The horse he was on hit him in the face with his head and Edgar was knocked out when he fell.”

Prado, a three-time winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), was scheduled to ride Vinceremos in Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 race.

In the same incident, jockey Jose Lezcano bruised his shoulder.

“He is sore and will be off all of his mounts today but plans to ride Saturday and Sunday,” Keeneland Clerk of Scales Javier Torres said of Lezcano.

Lezcano was named to ride Alkazan Alakazan (BRZ) in today’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). Corey Lanerie will now ride the horse. ~ Keeneland Barn Notes 4/11/2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

JOCKEYS VISIT CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

By John Englehardt
On Friday, March 28 a half-dozen riders made an afternoon visit to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  The visit started in the unique Ryan Seacrest Radio and Television Studio where a live feed is broadcast throughout the hospital.  The radio interviews have camera shots and there is even a performance area with a fixed camera.  This is one of five such studios in the country.
 
            The jockeys took turns being interviewed by host Zach Wells and his special guest Ethan Kidd.  Ethan, a current patient in the hospital has equestrian experience so it was easy for him to relate to the jockeys he interacted with.  All of the jockeys took part in the Q & A session and some “name that tune” contests.  Unknown to the jocks there was a dance-off challenge at the end of the session, which turned out to be rather entertaining.  Jockey Jeremy Rose taught Ethan Kidd how to uncock and spin a whip in about five minutes.
 
            After presenting a framed and signed photo to Zach Wells to hang on the wall of the studio, the jockeys headed up to the activity room.  They handed out jockey cards and coloring books while posing for photos, signing autographs and helping with arts and crafts.
 

            They ended up staying at the hospital about an hour longer than scheduled and a good time was certainly had by all.  Big thanks go out to Amanda Tamburello, Megan Fadlovich, Jeremy Rose, Rodney Prescott, Ben Creed and Dean Sarvis.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Keeneland Jockeys to Participate in “Jocktails” Charity Event to Benefit PDJF

A “Jocktails” charity event will take place during Blue Grass Stakes Week with members of the Keeneland jockey colony tending bar for tips to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The PDJF is a 501(c)3 public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered debilitating on-track injuries.

The event will begin directly after the final Keeneland race on Wednesday, April 9, and will take place at Furlongs Restaurant, located at 130 West Tiverton Way in Lexington. A special menu will be featured for the evening.

“These guys put their lives on the line every day for this game we all love and cherish,” stated Tommy Walters, proprietor of Furlongs. “This is something we can do to help the ones who have been hurt.”

Live and silent auctions of Keeneland prints, halters, stallion seasons, and other memorabilia also will be held.

Past years’ participants have included Kentucky Derby winning jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Calvin Borel, John Velazquez, and Mike Smith; Hall of Fame inductees Randy Romero and Edgar Prado; Robby Albarado, Shane Sellers, Corey Lanerie, Julien Leparoux, Rosie Napravnik, and many others.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Historic gathering of female jockeys set for Sunday, April 13 at Keeneland

Approximately 25 retired and active female jockeys, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession, will be honored at Keeneland on April 13 as part of Horses and Hope Pink Day.

Keeneland co-hostsPink DaywithHorses and Hope, First Lady Jane Beshear’s initiative to reach women working in Kentucky’s horse industry with education about breast cancer and mammography screening. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness and purchase a commemorative poster of the female jockeys by noted cartoonist and caricaturist Peb (Pierre Bellocq) that the women will autograph to raise funds for Horses and Hope and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Prior to the races, a special Horses and Hope luncheon for breast cancer survivors and supporters will be held in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. That afternoon, participants will gather in the North Terrace for live music and unique Pink Day activities. Race 6 will be the special Horses and Hope race, and horses will wear pink saddle towels. For more information about Horses and Hope, visit horsesandhope.org.

The jockeys, some of whom are breast cancer survivors, will participate in a question-and-answer session with fans in the Walking Ring that begins at noon. A tribute video about the women will be shown as they are recognized in the Winner’s Circle before race 2, followed by the autograph signing.

“Keeneland is honored to host this historic gathering of female jockeys who have transcended horse racing,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing W.B. Rogers Beasley said. “They include pioneers who faced many obstacles in the pursuit of their riding careers and opened doors that created opportunities for other women. All have been successful due to their courage and determination.”

The women are traveling to Keeneland from across North America and include:

Patti Barton, the first female jockey to win 1,000 races, and her daughter Donna Barton Brothers, the first to ride in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Kaye Bell, who during Keeneland’s 1972 Spring Meet became the first to win a race at the track.

Patricia “PJ” Cooksey, the second woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and the first to compete in the Preakness (G1). Andrea Seefeldt Knight, who also rode in both races, is scheduled to attend.

Diane Crump, the first to ride against men and the first to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

Abigail Fuller, who won the 1985 Triple Tiara aboard her father’s homebred Mom’s Command.

Julie Krone, the most successful female jockey in Thoroughbred racing history with 3,704 victories and mount earnings of $90,126,584. Her firsts include winning a Triple Crown race (the 1993 Belmont [G1]); winning a Grade 1 race at Keeneland (1992 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup); and being inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame (2000).

Kathy Kusner, who in October 1968 became the first to be licensed to ride.

Rosie Napravnik, who during Keeneland’s 2013 Fall Meet became the first to be the track’s leading rider. She also has a win in the Breeders’ Cup and is the first to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Tammi Piermarini, second to Krone with 2,310 wins as of March 30.

Tami Purcell-Burkland, the first to win Quarter Horse racing’s two most famous races, the All American Futurity (G1) and the Champion of Champions (G1).

Barbara Jo Rubin, the first to win a race at a recognized Thoroughbred track.

Cheryl White, the first African-American female jockey to compete in Thoroughbred racing.

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For more than 75 years, The Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world's largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, April, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings back to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, as well as millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. To learn more about Keeneland, visit us online at www.keeneland.com.

  

For more information contact Amy Gregory at 859 361-3490 or Amy Owens at 859 421-2566

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

RETIRED JOCKEYS SHARE MEMORIES, SHED SOME TEARS AND RAISE MONEY FOR NEEDY BRETHREN

From Tampa Bay Downs Communications Department
No amount of rain could dampen the nostalgia, camaraderie and spirit of brotherhood under the big tent during today’s inaugural Jockeys and Jeans barbecue luncheon to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

You did not have to be a retired jockey to feel the emotions, but the smiles on the faces of several of the sport’s legends – and those who aspired to such heights – merely hinted at the legacy of accomplishment they all share.

“There were some jockeys I hadn’t seen for 20 years or more,” said Dr. Eddie Donnally, an ex-rider, Eclipse Award-winning writer and now a staff chaplain for Suncoast Hospice and Mease Dunedin Hospital. “I’d walk up to someone thinking, ‘I know this person,’ but I wasn’t sure who they were.

“Then they said their name and I said mine, and all the memories flooded back. There was something so real about it – these people came here on their own dime and we held it in a tent in the middle of a rainstorm on picnic tables. I thought we were doing an audition for (the new movie release) Noah.

“To get together like this and raise money for our brothers and sisters who didn’t walk away like we did makes it so special,” Donnally added.

All the proceeds go to the PDJF, an organization that provides financial assistance to 59 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.

Donnally, who rode at Tampa Bay Downs and numerous other tracks, was part of a five-person organizing committee that included six-time Tampa Bay Downs leading rider Mike Manganello, now a steward at Belterra Park (formerly River Downs) in Cincinnati; Barbara Jo Rubin, the first woman jockey to win a pari-mutuel race in the United States, in 1969; and fellow retired jockeys Darrell Brown and Barry Pearl.

“Five of us got together to have a reunion, raise money for the PDJF and sign autographs, and it turned into something better than we imagined,” Manganello said.

Ramon Dominguez, who was forced to retire last year after suffering a brain injury in a spill at Aqueduct, was the featured speaker. Also present and honored were five other jockeys who suffered disabling on-track injuries: Eibar Coa, William Klinke, Julia Brimo, Jose Diaz and Michael Straight, who rode his first winner at Tampa Bay Downs before being paralyzed from the waist down in a spill at Arlington.

“The PDJF relies entirely on the contributions of good people,” Dominguez said in his heartfelt address. “It provides help and raises awareness of the needs of those individuals who have given our fans so many great experiences.”

Dominguez is an unpaid advocate for the work done by the PDJF on behalf of disabled riders, and his unfortunate injury at the peak of his career has raised awareness within the Thoroughbred industry of the long-term effects of concussions and head injuries on jockeys.

Pearl said more than 200 tickets were sold to members of the public. Additional funding for the event came from 17 corporate sponsors. Pearl and Donnally are optimistic the event can become an annual Tampa Bay Downs staple, and they believe other tracks will want to hold similar fund-raisers.

“We think this is doable at a lot of racetracks, and it would be wonderful to continue it here at Tampa Bay Downs,” Donnally said.

About 30 retired jockeys attended the luncheon, including Hall of Fame members Pat Day, Jacinto Vasquez, Walter Blum and Bill Boland – who won the 1950 Kentucky Derby at age 16 on Middleground.

Also attending were female jockey pioneers Rubin, Diane Crump and Mary Russ and at least 8-to-10 former jockeys who live in the Tampa Bay area and/or work at Tampa Bay Downs.

“It was a fun time,” Day said, “and it was certainly enhanced by having riders who were disabled being part of the program. Seeing a man in a wheelchair from a riding accident speaks volumes about the dangers of our sport.”

Like virtually all who attended, Crump – who moved to Oldsmar in 1960 as a young girl and 10 years later became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby – wore a fulfilled smile from the time she  arrived to her departure.

“It’s a special day, and to have it here means a lot because this is like real racing was before it got so big,” she said.

Friday, March 28, 2014

VETERAN JOCKEY MARK GUIDRY TO RETIRE FROM THE SADDLE THIS WEEKEND

From Fair Grounds Communications Department
Veteran Louisiana-born reins master Mark Guidry has announced that he will be retiring from the saddle at the end of Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Day program.

 I’m going to become a jockey’s agent and take the book of Carlos Marquez Jr, at Evangeline,” Guidry said Thursday after riding Ron Faucheux and Thomas Arnaud’s Off Cycle to victory in the sixth race of the day.  “I’m excited about my new career.  It’s time for me to stay around my home in the Lafayette area and spend more time with my family.

 However, I do want to thank all the Louisiana horsemen who have supported me throughout my career and put me on their horses.  I really can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for me.”

 As of Friday, Guidry had 5,222 career wins, but was scheduled to ride Glen Warren and Andy Leggio’s 9-5 morning line favorite Skip the Pinot in the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes on Louisiana Derby Day

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

FLORIDA DERBY, LOUISIANA DERBY, UAE DERBY KICK OFF SECOND LEG OF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

From Churchill Downs Communications Department
Over the next three weeks, compelling drama will be plentiful as the nation’s top 3-year-old Thoroughbreds vie for coveted points in the seven most meaningful races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com.

 

The second leg of the Championship Series begins in earnest on Saturday with a trio of races that award a lofty 170 points to Top 4 finishers: 100 to first, 40 to second, 20 to third and 10 to fourth.

 

The Top 20 point earners at the series’ end will earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) starting gate on Saturday, May 3 if more than 20 horses enter the race. Whenever two or more horses have the same number of points, earnings in non-restricted stakes races is the tiebreaker.

 

Saturday’s tripleheader begins early at 10:25 a.m. (all times Eastern) with the $2 million UAE Derby (GII) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The race will air live on HRTV and TVG and will be shown tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 between 1-2:30 p.m.

 

The $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park (6:48 p.m.) and $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (7:10 p.m.) will be televised by NBCSN from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

 

The winner in each race – and likely the runner-up – will have the upper hand in landing a berth in the Kentucky Derby. Meanwhile, horses that have previously accrued points in the series could join the cast with Top 4 placings.

 

Ten horses have already accumulated more than 40 points: Spiral winner We Miss Artie (60), Gotham champ Samraat (60), Rebel hero Hoppertunity (55), Sunland Derby victor Chitu (54), Risen Star champ Intense Holiday (53), Sunland Derby runner-up Midnight Hawk (52), Fountain of Youth surprise Wildcat Red (50), Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend (50), San Felipe champ California Chrome (50) and Rebel second Tapiture (42).

 

Wildcat Red will attempt to add to his total and become the 15th horse to sweep the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby. It won’t be an easy task after drawing the rail in the field of eight, which is led by 9-5 morning line favorite Cairo Prince (14 points), the winner of the Holy Bull. Other horses with points entered in the Florida Derby, a race that has produced 22 Kentucky Derby winners: General a Rod (20) and East Hall (5).

 

Intense Holiday is the 2-1 early choice in the Louisiana Derby and looks to become the 11th horse to complete the Risen Star-Louisiana Derby double. Challengers with points are Albano (24), Vicar’s in Trouble (20), In Trouble (10), Rise Up (10) and Gold Hawk (2).

 

Only three UAE Derby entrants are Triple Crown-nominated: Coolmore’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Giovanni Boldini and Sir John Hawkins, and Toast of New York, a runaway winner in his last two starts over a synthetic surface.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES REVIEW: SPIRAL AND SUNLAND DERBY

By Gary West, Special to KentuckyDerby.com

 

Squat and powerfully built, Chitu looks like a sprinter. He’s so wide that, as the great Groucho might have pointed out, a quartet could play pinochle on his rump. Although somewhat ambiguous, his breeding, especially when combined with his appearance, pushes any suspicion down the road to the conclusion that he’s a sprinter. He’s by the sensational sprinter Henny Hughes, who won the Kings Bishop and the Vosburgh but never beyond seven-eighths of a mile. Yes, everything about Chitu suggests sprint – well, almost everything.

 

Chitu believes he’s a Kentucky Derby horse, and with his victory Sunday at Sunland Park he probably won over a lot of folks to his way of thinking. It would be a mistake to underestimate the Sunland Derby simply because of geography. The map, as far as horse racing is concerned, has been changing, and although New Mexico sits a little off the traditional Derby path, as Sunland’s purses have grown so too has its Derby in terms of importance and stature.

 

And, make no mistake, Chitu’s effort at Sunland was outstanding. From this corner, it looks like one of the better performances of the season, right there with Hoppertunity’s Rebel and Wildcat Red’s Fountain of Youth. Chitu stalked a solid pace – 46.46 seconds for the opening half-mile – and then advanced with Midnight Hawk in the second turn. The two colts trained by Bob Baffert, who, by the way, was looking for his third victory in the race, came down the stretch together. In the final furlong, Chitu drew clear, winning by more than two lengths and completing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.88. His stablemate Midnight Hawk held second in an effort that was solid but that nevertheless questioned his ability to succeed at these longer distances, and Commissioner, who left the gate sluggishly and then stumbled on his way to a wide trip, rallied for third, but he was seven lengths behind the winner.

 

How far will Chitu go? Well, before the Sunland Derby, nine furlongs probably seemed a stretch. But he finished well and galloped out strongly. And the other side of that breeding ambiguity is that his dam, Sea Gift, won her only start – at 1 1/4 miles – and is by Belmont winner A.P. Indy. In other words, there is some rather potent stamina influence in his pedigree.

 

Chitu had a favorable trip at Sunland and hasn’t yet had to overcome any obstacle, but he has tactical speed and determination. Most of all, he so terribly wants to be a racehorse that he’s become a Kentucky Derby horse.

 

With his victory in New Mexico, Chitu earned 50 qualifying points, giving him a total of 54, which guarantees him a place in the Derby’s starting gate. And the Sunland effort certainly got the attention of Mike Battaglia. In the fourth and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool, the Churchill oddsmaker made Chitu the fourth choice at 10-1, behind only California Chrome at 5-1 and Cairo Prince at 6-1, among individual betting interests, and the field, or “all other 3-year-olds,” at 8-1.

 

Chitu’s performance also flattered Candy Boy, who’s 12-1 in the Future Pool. In the Robert Lewis Stakes, in the only loss of his four-race career, Chitu finished a half-length behind Candy Boy.

 

Like Chitu, We Miss Artie makes his debut this week as an individual betting interest in the Future Pool, where he opens at 30-1. He, too, with 60 qualifying points, has a reserved stall in the Derby’s starting gate. In fact, he’s the points leader, along with Samraat. Still, We Miss Artie hardly looks like a serious contender. He, of course, won Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in a three-horse photo finish, and in doing so, he looked determined, getting up, quite literally, in the final jump; but his winning time, 1:52.26, was woefully slow. Even more important than the time, and discouraging in terms of the Derby, We Miss Artie never has won on dirt. The Spiral, of course, was run on Turfway’s synthetic surface. We Miss Artie also has won on the turf, at Sartoaga, and on Keeneland’s Polytrack. Like his sire, the turf specialist Artie Schiller, We Miss Artie hasn’t won in three starts on dirt, the most recent being the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream, where he finished eighth, more than 17 lengths back.

 

Conspicuously absent from final Future Pool is Honor Code, who had been regarded as one of the Derby favorites. After a workout Sunday in Florida, he was found to have suspensory injury. He’ll be given 60 days and then reevaluated, according to his trainer, Shug McGaughey.

 

With the running of the Louisiana and Florida Derbies, this weekend promises to be one of the most significant on the road to Kentucky. Among those expected to meet at Gulfstream Park are Cairo Prince, Wildcat Red, General a Rod, Spot and Constitution. And at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Intense Holiday, Vicar’s In Trouble, Albano, Louies Flower, Rise Up and Commanding Curve are expected to line up for the Louisiana Derby.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

JOCKEYS AND JEANS LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY

Legendary jockeys Pat Day, Ramon Dominguez, Jacinto Vasquez and Walter Blum headline the lineup for the inaugural Jockeys and Jeans event, which will be held from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs under the big tent just north of the paddock.

Proceeds from the luncheon and auction will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), a 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to 59 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at www.pdjf.orgor by calling retired jockey and author Dr. Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711.

“We help quadriplegics, paraplegics and riders with brain injuries and other severe injuries,” said Nancy LaSala, the Executive Director of the PDJF. “We are always looking for ways to raise awareness of the PDJF. This is something (former) jockeys are putting on for jockeys, and I applaud them for wanting to do something locally.”

Dominguez, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a spill at Aqueduct in January of 2013 that forced his retirement, will be the event’s featured speaker. The 37-year-old Dominguez is an unpaid advocate for the work done by the PDJF on behalf of disabled riders.

Dominguez retired with 4,985 victories, winning Eclipse Awards as Outstanding Jockey in 2010, 2011 and 2012. His situation has raised awareness within the Thoroughbred industry of the long-term effects of concussions and head injuries on jockeys.

Other former jockeys expected to attend include Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mike Manganello, a former leading rider at Tampa Bay Downs; Patricia Cooksey, who rode more than 2,100 winners; Diane Crump, the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby; and Barbara Jo Rubin, the first woman to win a race at a recognized track.

Also expected are four-time Tampa Bay Downs leading jockey William Henry; Eibar Coa, who won more than 4,000 races before a racing accident three years ago ended his career; William Klinke, a former Tampa Bay Downs jockey known as “The Colonel;” Michael Straight, who rode his first winner in 2009 at Tampa Bay Downs a few months before becoming paralyzed from the waist down in a spill at Arlington; former Tampa Bay Downs jockey Darrell Brown; and Julia Brimo, who has made a remarkable recovery from a career-ending cervical spinal cord injury suffered in a spill at Keeneland.

Fans attending Jockeys and Jeans will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with the jockeys, enjoy a barbecue luncheon and beverages and bid on unique racing memorabilia. Attendees will receive an autographed commemorative poster. The gates will open at 11 a.m. There will be a general autograph session at 3 p.m. on the first floor of the grandstand.

Tampa Bay Downs jockeys will donate a mount fee on the day of the event.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Turf Paradise Tuesday card canceled, track agrees to provide better insurance for jockeys

Racing was canceled at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday after jockeys refused to ride and met with management over their concerns about the track’s insurance policies in the wake of an accident earlier this month in which a rider was paralyzed, according to officials.

Races were called off before the day’s card began and after Turf Paradise officials met with a representative of the Jockeys’ Guild and a handful of riders based at the track. The meeting was called to discuss the track’s $500,000 insurance policy covering medical bills for catastrophic injuries, officials of the track and Guild said.

Vincent Francia, the general manger of the racetrack, said that Turf Paradise officials said at the meeting that the track would purchase supplemental insurance covering up to $1 million in medical bills for the remainder of the meeting and would also buy a new policy for $1 million in coverage for the 2014-15 meet. The supplemental coverage will go into effect on Wednesday, Francia said, and he expects jockeys to ride the live card that day.

However, Francia also said that jockeys made the decision to refuse to ride after the meeting, in which track officials told the riders that the track would seek to buy additional insurance. Although he said that the refusal would not impact the track’s decision to increase the insurance coverage, he expressed disappointment with the jockeys’ actions.

“That is not a way to conduct good-faith business,” Francia said. “This hurt my track, and this hurt the whole horseracing community here.”

Scott Stevens, a Guild representative at Turf Paradise and a leading rider at the track, said that riders had not been assured that Turf Paradise would buy insurance at the time that the meeting broke up. Instead, track officials told the riders that they would consider buying additional insurance.

“When we left the meeting, they had only said they would look into it,” Stevens said. “If the insurance was in place, we’d have no reason to cancel.”

Darrell Haire, the representative of the Jockeys’ Guild who met with track management, said that jockeys refused to ride on Tuesday out of “safety concerns” stemming from the track’s $500,000 insurance policy. While most racetracks have insurance covering medical bills for up to $1 million, the Guild has been pressing all tracks that do not have the coverage to up their policies.

“The riders understand the situation,” said Haire, who flew to Phoenix on Tuesday morning. “It’s dangerous out there and they accept that. But these guys have children and families, and they can’t go out there knowing that they can get financially ruined along with their physical injuries.”

Both Stevens and another leading Turf Paradise rider, Kelly Bridges, also a Guild rep, said they would ride on Wednesday if the supplemental insurance policy was in effect. Turf Paradise runs on a Saturday-through-Wednesday schedule.

The riders are scheduled to meet with management on Wednesday morning, the riders said.

Ann Von Rosen, a 43-year-old journeyman, suffered a severe spinal injury on March 11 at Turf Paradise when a horse she was riding fell on the backstretch, pinning the rider. Her initial medical bills have exceeded the $500,000 insurance policy covering catastrophic injuries at the track, Haire said.

Supporters of the jockey have been trying to get her transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver, which specializes in spinal-cord injuries and rehabilitation, according to Haire and other officials. After initially declining to accept Von Rosen, the hospital agreed to take her on as a patient beginning Thursday, Haire said.

Francia said that Jerry Simms, the owner of Turf Paradise, provided $43,000 to Von Rosen to get her into the Craig Hospital for rehabilitation.

Turf Paradise has scheduled a fundraiser for Rosen for April 12 as part of its Fan Appreciation Day.




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