The fund, a special division of NTRA Charities, has been established to aid the nation’s 60 permanently disabled jockeys with their health care and daily living expenses.
AIG announced a $30,000 donation at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Kickoff Celebration in New York City on Oct. 22, and pledged an additional $10,000 donation while presenting the AIG Bill Shoemaker Award to jockey Garrett Gomez following the Breeders’ Cup races Oct. 27.
"It is an honor to be involved with the horse racing industry. AIG has a major commitment to racing and insures jockeys at major racetracks all across the country," said Steve Gold, President of AIG Domestic Accident and Health. "AIG understands the risk that jockeys face every time they take a mount on a racehorse, and we are proud to support the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund."
On Nov. 1, John Unick, president of MOC's Thoroughbred racing division, announced that MOC would be donating an additional $20,000 and applauded AIG's generosity. MOC had previously donated a total of $55,000 to the fund.
"Over the past several years, I have had the great pleasure of working with numerous executives at AIG on the direction of the Thoroughbred racing industry,” Unick said. “The horse racing industry presents many unique challenges, none more apparent than the risk a jockey faces in each and every race. We are proud to be there for them and their families when they need us most."
According to Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund has disbursed more than $1 million to disabled riders.
“The Guild and its members are grateful to AIG and MOC Insurance for joining with the many individuals, racetracks and industry organizations that have supported the fund,” Meyocks said.