November has been proclaimed “Jockey Health and Safety Month” by Louisville, Ky., mayor Greg Fischer in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
In support of the proclamation, the Jockeys’ Guild is asking all horse racing supporters and fans to wear something green to the track during the month of November to show their appreciation of jockeys, according to a Guild release.
The organization is hosting several disabled jockeys to be their guests Nov. 4-5 for the World Championships and the Guild will also be distributing green “Jockey Boot” patches for people to wear.
“There aren’t many professions like horse racing, where ambulances follow you as you work,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild, in a statement. “We want race fans to understand the risks jockeys take on the track while constantly looking for ways to reduce those risks.”