New York Horsemen Donate to Jockeys Fund

Board votes Nov. 14 to support effort with $50,000 to permanently disabled riders.

The Board of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association voted unanimously at its meeting Nov. 14 to donate $50,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

“November is an important month for Thoroughbred racing,” NYTHA president Rick Violette Jr. said Nov. 15. "From the two days of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita to the 10 days of the Keeneland November Sale that wrapped up in Lexington yesterday, our industry is in the spotlight. It’s a fitting time for New York’s horsemen to recognize the permanently disabled jockeys as respected members of the racing community."

The PDJF was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to jockeys who suffer catastrophic on-track injuries. There are currently 59 former riders receiving benefits through the organization. For more information, or to donate, go to