CHICAGO – The Charitable Impact Group (CIG), a non-profit organization benefiting human and equine welfare groups, and Daily Racing Form will host “Run For Glory,” a Belmont Stakes handicapping seminar Wednesday, June 6, 2018, on Long Island, NY. The event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, NBC racing analyst Randy Moss, and Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker will assess Justify’s chances to become the 13th Triple Crown winner at the Cherry Valley Country Club, 28 Rockaway Ave., Garden City, NY, from 6:00—9:30 pm. Kenny Rice of NBC will serve as emcee. There will be live and silent auctions, live music, elegant hors d’oeuvres and festive cocktails. Individual tickets are $150 or $1200 to sponsor a table for eight. Tickets may be purchased at www.pdjf.org. Contact the PDJF at (630) 595-7660 or firstname.lastname@example.org for special ticketing requests.
Junior Alvarado, Javier Castellano, Angel Cordero, Jr., Ramon Dominguez, Jose Ortiz, Mike Smith, John Velazquez and others will offer their insights into the running of the race and their past experiences in the Belmont Stakes.
“The CIG is extraordinarily grateful to the fans of and professionals within Thoroughbred racing for their compassion, generosity, and support for our mission of caring for injured jockeys and retired racehorses,” said CIG Board Member Pete Hester, MD.
“I would like to sincerely thank the Charitable Impact Group for their hard work on behalf of so many charities, including those within the racing industry,” said PDJF Board Member John Velazquez. “The PDJF, an organization I am closely associated with, supports riders whose lives have been severely impacted by catastrophic on-track injuries. It is a vital resource for these athletes who have given so much to our sport. We greatly appreciate this opportunity to heighten awareness of the PDJF and its mission.”
“We are honored to have been selected as co-beneficiary of the Charitable Impact Group’s Belmont Stakes handicapping seminar,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “TCA’s grants to approved charities, working on behalf of Thoroughbreds and those who care for them, are only possible because of generous supporters like CIG.”
The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) charity providing financial assistance to 59 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Founded in 2006, the PDJF has disbursed more than $9 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or traumatic brain injuries.
The Fund is a cooperative effort among race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, owners and racing fans.
TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred-related nonprofits including rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and retirement organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; equine-assisted therapy programs; and research organizations. Since its inception in 1990, TCA has granted over $22 million to more than 200 charities.