Tampa Racing Community Supports Charities

Track, horsemen, and jockeys supporting effort.

Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., announced that donations totaling an estimated $27,000 from its horse racing community will benefit several local and national charities. The track is estimating the projected joint contribution based on the project number of starters for the meet.

According to a release, the track, its horsemen’s, and the jockey colony will each donate the equivalent of $1 per horse that starts during the race meet that begins Dec. 12, 2009.

The donations from the Tampa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, representing Tampa’s owners and trainers, will to to the Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa. The riders’ contributions will support the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the track’s donations will aid the Backstretch Recreation Program run by the Racetrack Chaplaincy.

"Our sport wouldn’t exist without horses, grooms and jockeys, and we look forward to ensuring that proper care is taken of all of our athletes, both equine and human," said Peter Berube, Tampa Bay vice president and general manager of Tampa Bay Downs. "This is a unique partnership that brings the horsemen, jockeys and racetrack together to support these deserving organizations."