(Edited press release)
There will be Jockeys galore at Old Friends Oct. 20, as more than a dozen top riders have confirmed their appearance for "Jockey Day."
On the current guest list: Kentucky Derby and Oaks (both gr. I) winner Calvin Borel; Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup (all gr. I) winner Kent Desormeaux; Hall-of-Famer Chris McCarron; Triple Crown winner Jean Cruguet; one of greatest female jockeys in the history of the sport Patricia Cooksey; the great Randy Romero; “Chillie Willie” Martinez; Derby winners Bobby Ussery and Craig Perret; and several stars of the Fall Keeneland meet--Jamie Theriot, Cory Lanerie, and Robby Albarado.
In addition, Tommy Walters of Furlong’s fame has signed on to handle catering details for the event, which begins at 3:30 at Old Friends’ Dream Chase Farm (1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY), and a live auction of high-end racing memorabilia–including an autographed racing saddle, rider's helmet, top halters, and more– will be conducted.
Tickets to the event are $50 ($25 for Old Friends members and shareholders). Reservations are strongly suggested and are available by calling the farm at (502) 863-1775.
Jockey Day is presented by racing2day.com, an international online horse racing wagering business run by owners, players, handicappers, and fans, and is sponsored by The Markel Insurance Company, a Lexington-based firm established to target the specific insurance needs of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.