Jockeys to Support Childhood Cancer Awareness

In cooperation with racetracks nationally, riders to visit hospitals in September.

Jockeys from racetracks across the country are planning to make visits to their local children's hospitals in September, which is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Jockeys' Guild announced Aug. 27.

Nearly two dozens racetracksCDI properties (Arlington International Racecourse, Churchill Downs, and Fair Grounds Race Course & Casino), The Stronach Group (Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, and Santa Anita Park), NYRA (Belmont Park), The Downs at Albuquerque, Delaware Park, Emerald Downs, Belterra, San Joaquin County Fair at Stockton, Fairmount Park, Indiana Grand Casino and Racetrack, Lone Star Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse, Louisiana Downs, Kentucky Downs, Remington Park, Prairie Meadows, and Suffolk Downshave scheduled visits to hospitals during the month. 

The jockeys will bring a variety of gifts for the children including autographed goggles, provided by Perfect Trip, and racing-related coloring books, among other items.

"We are happy to make these visits to children who suffer from this insidious disease and hopefully we make their day a little brighter," said John Velazquez, Jockeys' Guild chairman. "I know the jockeys enjoy visiting with the children," he added.

"We wanted to get involved to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families," said Terry Meyocks, Jockeys' Guild national manager. "We want to recognize the racetracks for their support and cooperation in helping to facilitate these visits. We will continue to work with other racetracks that are running in September to heighten awareness of childhood cancer."

The Jockeys' Guild will supply jockeys at all tracks with live meets during September patches with the official "Childhood Cancer Awareness" gold insignia to wear on their pants during the month.