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Kentucky Downs to celebrate Hall of Fame Day

Scheduled for Sept. 10

FRANKLIN, Ky. (August 8, 2014) — Racing Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Eddie Maple, Chris McCarron and Randy Romero as well as active riders Edgar Prado and Calvin Borel will be at Kentucky Downs for Hall of Fame Day on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Festivities, including a golf tournament, VIP dinner and autograph session, will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Kentucky Downs.

Incorporated in 2006, PDJF is a public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have been injured or disabled in racing accidents. The organization also works with industry and medical research groups to improve safety for racehorses and jockeys and support research projects dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries. At last year’s Hall of Fame Day at Kentucky Downs, over $11,000 was raised for the PDJF.

Another special guest is Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who will be on hand for a variety of special events at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack. Van Berg will sign copies of his biography, “Jack: From Grit to Glory,” authored by Chris Kotulak, which was released earlier this year.

Here is the schedule (all times are CST):

Tuesday September 9:

  • Noon — Hall of Fame Golf Tournament. For entry information, contact Marti Bass (270) 586-6678 or email [email protected]
  • 6:30 p.m. — VIP Hall of Fame Dinner, Kentucky Downs Racetrack. This invitation-only dinner will be hosted by Kentucky Downs, and award winning turf writer Gary West will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The Hall of Fame attendees will be honored and guests will have an opportunity to raise funds for the PDJF by bidding on racing memorabilia items in a silent auction. For more information, contact Michelle Vise at (270) 586-7778 or send an email to [email protected].

Wednesday September 10

  • Noon — Autograph Session with the Hall of Famers, Kentucky Downs Racetrack. A minimum donation of $10 for the PDJF is requested.
  • 1:35 p.m. — Live Racing