Triple Crown winning Jockey Victor Espinoza is focused on his recovery after a training accident on July 22nd, when the Hall of Fame rider was breezing a horse that collapsed during a morning workout. Although Victor has had such a successful career that he no longer rides in races as often as he used to, he currently has no plans to announce his retirement.
Kent Desormeaux Likes Big Butts (For a Good Cause)
Raising funds for the Permanently DIsabled Jockey Fund, Kent Desormeuax traded his tack for “Baby Got Back”. Other jockeys taking the karaoke stage were Joe Talamo (”Play That Funky Music”), Mike Luzzi & Phil Teator in Kiss makeup (”I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night”), Gary Stevens (”Born To Be Wild”), Mike Smith (”Tennessee Whiskey”), and many more.
The PDJF provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered
catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has
disbursed nearly $9 million dollars to permanently disabled jockeys,
most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.
Many of the jockeys we serve were injured while in their 20s and 30s
and face decades of living with a disability. They have lost their
income and the opportunity to build a financial cushion sufficient to
support them and their families.
The medical needs of disabled jockeys are great and may include
daily assistance from a caregiver.
The PDJF strives to reach out to everyone in the Thoroughbred and
Quarter Horse industries, their business partners and the great fans of
this sport for their support.
With your help the PDJF may continue to
assist these permanently disabled jockeys with their day-to-day needs.