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Jun 21st, 12
Foxwoods Resort Casino and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will present the Pony Up for PDJF No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Tuesday, July 10 at Foxwoods.

From NYRA Communications Department

The tournament will begin at 4 p.m., with a jockey meet and greet scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Foxwoods Race Book, adjoining the poker tournament area.


John Velazquez, who will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on August 10, and Rajiv Maragh, who won last summer’s prestigious Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course aboard Tizway, are scheduled to serve as co-hosts of the tournament. Richard Migliore and Sam the Bugler will also be among those participating.


Entry to the tournament costs $120, with $80 going to the prize pool and $40 going to the entry fee. All entry fees, rebuys, and add-ons will be donated directly to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.


Those interested in playing can pre-register online at


The 40-day Saratoga meet commences for the 144th time on Friday, July 20, with a card featuring the Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3 James Marvin for sprinters. There will be live racing six days a week, Wednesday through Monday. The 143rd running of the $1 million Travers is set for Saturday, August 25 with an undercard including the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop, the Grade 1 Test, and the Grade 2 Ballston Spa. The Saratoga meet concludes on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, featuring the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful for 2-year-old colts.

About PDJF


The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) was incorporated in the spring of 2006.   It was a collaborative effort of many leaders in the horse racing industry, including race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, and many others who had a vision of a program that would bring much-needed financial assistance to a group of athletes who have given so much to the sport of horse racing. The PDJF is governed by an independent board comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry. The PDJF is committed to working with both industry and medical research groups to improve the safety of both the human and equine athlete. You can visit the PDJF online at  


About Foxwoods ® Resort Casino


Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the Northeast.  As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event.  At Foxwoods, you can be anyone and do everything with endless possibilities of experiences that are Anything but Ordinary.  Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit



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