(Edited press release)
IEAH Stables, owners of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders Big Brown and Court Vision, announced they are sponsoring the Jockey Legends Dinner at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky, May 2.
"The IEAH team is thrilled to be participating in this inaugural event, especially since it supports two great charities," said Michael Iavarone, Co-CEO and co-president of IEAH. "Assisting the non-profit organizations that benefit our industry is an important part of Derby week, and we look forward to doing so as we move forward on the Derby trail."
The Jockey Legends Dinner will feature Hall of Fame riders Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron, and Laffit Pincay Jr.
Proceeds will benefit the NTRA Charities-Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, and the California-based charity, The Winner's Circle.
"The jockeys are pleased to see such prominent owners step up to the plate to support this great cause," said Pincay. "This will be a true celebration for their horse in the Kentucky Oaks and a good-luck send off for their runners on Derby day."
The event will feature a live auction for which Pincay has donated two Kentucky Derby tickets. The winner of the tickets and one guest will join Pincay in his box at Churchill Downs during the 134th Run for the Roses.
Confirmed attendees include retired Hall of Fame rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens; and active jockeys such as Garrett Gomez, Edgar Prado, Mike Smith, John Velazquez, and Kent Desormeaux, who will be aboard Big Brown in the Derby.