In a brief ceremony Sept. 18, representatives of Castleton Lyons presented a check for $29,400 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
The amount represents 5% of the earnings of the farm’s 4-year-old stable star, Gio Ponti, from the Aug. 8 Arlington Million Stakes (gr. I). Homebred Gio Ponti (Tale of the Cat —Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) has won four straight grade I races.
For farm owner Shane Ryan, the check was presented by Castleton Lyons commercial manager Stuart Fitzgibbon and farm manager Tobias Incollingo. Gary Birzer, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries received during a race in 2004, was on hand for the presentation, as were jockey Jon Court and retired Hall of Fame rider Chris McCarron.