Great American Stallion Season Sale
Posted by Press Release on 03/04/2021
JUNO BEACH, FL—MARCH 3, 2021—For the first time the annual Jockeys and Jeans auction to raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund included Quarter Horse Industry stallions, with former ten-time Champion Jockey G.R. Carter spearheading the effort to enlist Quarter Horse breeders, who spent $31,500 for breeding seasons. Thoroughbred stallion season buyers spent $36,100.
“I think it should be noted that despite the sale taking place in the middle of the Pandemic, it was a success,” said Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl. “I think that is a testament to the resiliency of those in the world of racing and their passion to care for those jockeys in both facets of racing who suffered career ending injuries.”
The all-volunteer Jockeys and Jeans, founded by five former riders in late 2014, has raised $1.6 million for the some 60 disabled former jockeys who receive a monthly $1,000 stipend from the PDJ F. The annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraising event at a separate track each year has become the single most successful fund raising venue in Thoroughbred racing.
Their planned event at Churchill Downs last fall had to be canceled due to the pandemic, but the group is planning an event this summer and possibly a virtual event later this spring. Both will be announced.
“We thank stallion season donors and buyers alike,” said Pearl. “We believe the old horse racing saying, ‘what goes around comes around,’ is true, and we believe the matings this sale produces will one day produce a champion.”
Four of Jockeys and Jeans nine committee members solicited stallion seasons: Barry Pearl, VP Eddie Donnally, Maureen and Darrell Brown and new member Leah Whitsell.
Jockeys And Jeans Fundraiser At Churchill Cancelled Due To COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Churchill Downs and Jockeys and Jeans mutually agreed to cancel the fundraiser for Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund that had been planned at the historic track for Nov. 14.
“It's sad because the needs of former jockeys who suffered career ending injuries go on,” said Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl. “But, given the need to battle this deadly disease, it is necessary.”
“Due to the nature of Jockey and Jeans and the way it brings people together from all over the country, we want to ensure that it can be held at Churchill Downs when it can be the biggest and best,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director of racing at Churchill. “We are saddened to postpone the 2020 event, but in full agreement with PDJF and Jockey and Jeans' choice.”
Pearl said the group will be contacting those who already purchased sponsorships and will keep the racing world posted on future fundraising events.
“We all know it has been a most difficult time for the nation as well as the sport we all know and love,” he said. “But I am convinced the family that is horse racing will continue to reach out to help support those who traded a set of stirrups for the foot stands on wheelchairs.”
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund pays a $1,000 monthly stipend to some 60 former jockeys who suffered catastrophic racing injures. Some 40 are either pari- or quadriplegics, while others suffered severe brain injuries.
The event typically attracts 15 or more jockey Hall of Fame members who gather to honor the six permanently disabled former jockeys who attend. Jockeys and Jeans was founded in late 2014 by a group of former jockeys, which has raised over $1.5 million for the PDJF through six annual events and several stallion season sales.
“We are the ones who walked away intact,” said Pearl, a former jockey. “And our efforts to stand for our fallen brothers and sisters will go on thanks to the heart touching support of the racing community.”
Available on Amazon and Kindle and by order from any bookstore or library, it is set in 1972 at the beginning of horse racing’s Golden Age. A once barred jockey battling addiction, the fledgling female trainer he loves, and her criminal father race a mysterious, super- talented horse with no legal papers all the way to the Kentucky Derby while a crusading track detective is fixated on foiling their ringer scheme and putting them in jail.
His bio, Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockeys Story of Racing, Rage, and Redemption, has sold some 6,000 copies and has 40 four or five star reviews on Amazon. His first novel, Doctrines of Demons sold well and he has shared his end time prophesy on a dozen media outlets. This time he is back in the familiar territory of Thoroughbred racing with The Golden Altar.
In his 19-years as a jockey, Donnally rode over 10,000 races winning nearly 1200. But he was far better known as a racing writer and is the only former jockey to win an Eclipse Award for Newspaper Writing, for the Dallas Morning News in 1984. He has published well over 100 articles in a score of newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, New York Times and their Sunday Magazine.
Today, he holds a Doctorate of Ministry and is a professional hospice and hospital chaplain in Clearwater, FL. His testimony of faith has been published in magazines and books, including Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul” discussed on radio shows and featured on The 700 Club” and the CTN’s Herman and Sharron Show. He is a frequent speaker in churches, recovery conferences, rehab centers, and prisons.
He will also write and distribute a monthly blog, Scene from the Saddle, on racing’s issues and trends from the jockeys’ perspective. His website is eddonnally.com.
Donnally is Vice President of Jockeys and Jeans, a group of former jockeys he helped start in 2014 that thus far has raised over $1 million for catastrophically injured jockeys through the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
For more information contact Eddie Donnally at 818-653-3711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racing has lost one of its brightest stars, but heaven has gained a new jockey
by Barry Pearl, President Jockeys and Jeans.
It has been over 50 years since I first met Manny Ycaza, I was a bright-eyed apprentice and Manny was a full-fledged super star. One thing I learned about Manny that while he was competitive as he was on the track, he was always willing to talk and help young riders.
He was a true gentleman and carried himself with dignity and class. Although we rode together and exchanged pleasantries, one would not call us close friends, as we were from different time periods. I used to watch riders like Manny and Walter Blum, John Rotz and others and was always amazed at their ability and talent.
Manny rode many greats of his era and perhaps any era; Horses like, Dr. Fager, Damascus, Sword Dancer, Intentionally, Bald Eagle, Never Bend, Gamely, Bowl of Flowers, Dark Mirage and Fort Marcy.
In 2016 when Jockeys and Jeans was heading to Gulfstream Park, we contacted Manny and invited to be one of our guest Hall of Fame riders. Manny jumped at the chance and he even traveled from his native Panama, where he was spending the winter. On stage at the event, he and John Rotz relived the infamous 1962 Preakness battle at Pimlico with Manny on Ridan and Rotz aboard the photo finish winner Greek Money. That created a memory for me I will always treasure.
I had the opportunity to discuss Jockeys and Jeans with Manny after our event and was impressed by his many great suggestions on how to make Jockeys and Jeans more successful. Many of his suggestions became standard operating procedures for our events. I was so impressed, that I asked Manny to become one of our Ambassadors, an honor our committee has bestowed on only a few.
One fact about Manny is that when he retired from riding he was selected as the Consul General from Panama. That, my friend, is a pretty big deal. Manny was at our Parx event and once again we disused how we could make Jockeys and Jeans bigger and better. Some of those ideas were implemented at Canterbury Park which broke all records. This year, Manny and his lovely wife Jeanne came to our event at Canterbury and again we discussed the future and some of his visions. We had agreed to get together after the dust had settled and discuss some of his ideas in depth. Though I looked forward to that meeting, unfortunately it will not take place.
Manny Ycaza was a very big person in a small body. Though known as an extremely aggressive rider, in person he was generous, sympathetic, caring and genuinely wanted to help fallen riders. Most of all, he was my friend. Manny my brother, I know I speak for the all our Jockeys and Jeans Committee members when I say you will be missed. All of us were honored to know you.
I talked to his wife Jeanne today and she asked me to let people know that if they would like to make a donation in Manny’s honor, the charity she selected is Jockeys and Jeans/PDJF. Here is the link to the PDJF website just click on the Jockeys and Jeans button. https://pdjf.org/donate/
A bio on the great Manny Ycaza.
Manuel Ycaza was born in Panama in 1938 and became the first of many Latin jockeys to find considerable success riding in the United States. The son of a bus driver, Ycaza began riding ponies at the age of 6 and was riding professionally in Panama at age 14. Ycaza then spent some time riding in Mexico before coming to the United States.
In his first year with Cain Hoy Stable, Ycaza won the 1959 D.C. International aboard Bald Eagle then came back the following year to become the only back-to-back winner in the history of the prestigious international race.
Hired by prominent Canadian owner/breeder E. P. Taylor to ride for his Windfields Farm in the 1963 Queen’s Plate, Ycaza won Canada’s most prestigious race aboard the colt Canebora. A year later, he rode Quadrangle to victory in the 1964 Belmont Stakes to thwart the Triple Crown bid of Northern Dancer. In 1968, Ycaza rode Dark Mirage to the first ever Filly Triple Crown victory when they won the Acorn Stakes, Mother Goose Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks.
He won the Travers Stakes (2), American Derby, Jerome Handicap, Kentucky Oaks (4), Suburban Handicap (2), Withers Stakes (2), Alabama Stakes, Arlington Handicap, Aqueduct Handicap, Bernard Baruch (3), Metropolitan Handicap, Champagne Stakes (3), Belmont Futurity (2), Saratoga Special (2), Blue Grass Stakes, Florida Derby, Tremont Stakes (2), Beldame Stakes, Hopeful Stakes, Santa Anita Oaks, Dwyer Stakes, Man o’ War Stakes, Strub Stakes, Diana Handicap, Brooklyn Handicap and Sanford Stakes, among others.
At Saratoga, Ycaza won four riding titles. He won 41 races at the Spa in 1959, breaking a record that had stood for 38 years. Fellow jockeys elected him the winner of George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1964. He retired because of injuries in 1971, but came back to ride in 1983.
Manuel Ycaza was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1977.
Results for the June 23 event are in and the group of former jockeys raised $310,000, easily topping the record $254,000 raised at Parx Racing last year. The total puts the amount raised by the group to well over $1 million.
“Jockeys and Jeans is a true representation of jockeys helping jockeys,” said PDJF Board President Nancy LaSala. “We thank the former jockeys who came together to do something to help raise awareness and funds for the PDJF, as well as the Hall of Fame jockeys who travel across the country and the active riders at each host track. All are there to help the fallen riders. We are so appreciative of the tracks who have hosted the event; Tampa Bay Downs, Indiana Grand, Gulfstream Park, Parx Racing, and Canterbury Park. Without their support this would not have happened.”
The PDJF makes monthly payments of $1,000 to 60 former jockeys who suffered catastrophic racing accidents with 40 either pari or quadriplegics. Most of the remainder suffered severe brain injuries.
The all volunteer group, Jockeys and Jeans came together for a jockey reunion at Tampa Bay Downs in early 2014 and decided to make it into a fundraiser and donate all proceeds to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. President Barry Pearl said this year’s sold out event is likely the richest single fundraiser in the history of Thoroughbred racing.
“While each of our nine committee members puts in a massive amount of work and Hall of Fame riders make the time to show up and take part, it is about more than us,” he said. “It’s about all those in the community of horse racing who stepped up to prove they genuinely care about former jockeys who lives were changed forever in a split second and are now riding wheelchairs instead of horses. And Canterbury Park just took the lead among tracks that care. Randy Sampson and the team there were as innovative as they were determined to make this event a success.”
The track solicited event sponsors and held a poker and golf tournament in which Hall of Fame riders participated. Thirteen attended to honor six permanently disabled jockeys. Edgar Prado flew from his Maryland base to compete with other successful riders and six of the track’s past leading riders in the first All Star Jockey Challenge. Prado, who leads the eight active Hall of Fame riders in victories with over 7,000, got up in the final stride to win aboard Superstar Bea. Barry Butzow, the horse’s co-owner, donated his share of the purse, bringing the total raised in the race to $19,000.
“Canterbury Park and our horsemen were honored to host Jockeys and Jeans and very
pleased with the results,” said track President and CEO, Randy Sampson. “By combining the fundraiser with our Stars of the North Racing Festival, we were able to exceed $2 million in handle on our live races, nearly a record. More importantly, we raised a lot of money for a great cause and our fans had the opportunity to meet an amazing group of Hall of Fame jockeys who came to support their fallen brothers and sisters.”
Jockeys and Jeans is officially announcing that its 2019 annual fundraiser is set for Santa Anita and in 2020 will move to Churchill Downs.
Jockeys and Jeans Travels to Canterbury Park
By Barry Pearl: President Jockeys and Jeans
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After returning to Pennsylvania from Canterbury Park, I finally had an opportunity to write about my trip representing Jockeys and Jeans at the Shakopee, MN track.
My very first impression is that it looks like a classic race track. The architecture is classic and reminds me of some of my favorite tracks; the old Garden State Park and Gulfstream Park as well as the current Monmouth Park. I realize in this modern day of racetrack design, form and function is important. Yet, I long for the old days when things were a little bit simpler.
Management, under the leadership of Mr. Randy Sampson, President and CEO, is without a doubt the most forward-thinking group I have yet met. Their marketing philosophy and strategy is basically doing more with what you have.
I arrived on Thursday and quickly met with Mr. Sampson, Andrew Offerman, Senior Director of Racing and John Groen, Vice President of Marketing. We discussed Jockeys and Jeans and all the moving parts and how everyone fits in. It was a great meeting and, believe me, Randy and the track’s staff are all in and will do everything in their power to make this event successful. Randy gave me a tour of the facility from top to bottom and explained in detail everything about the track and how they market. One important note is Canterbury Park has a card room which is very successful and actually has a waiting list for players to enter.
As to marketing expertise, over 7,000 persons attended the track Thursday evening. I saw families, young adults, teenagers, and folks my age, which unfortunately is a bit older. How did this happen? They have made this a family friendly atmosphere where parents can bring their children to not only see the races, but buy a admission, programs, Pepsis and more for $1.00 each. Yes, dear folks, it was buck night at Canterbury Park and the fans came out in droves. The track has more concession stands then anyplace I have yet seen, and not your usual stands. They have Famous Dave's Barbecue, Pablo’s Mexican Bar, Bud Light Bar and Party Pit, Pub Grub and many others.
The track rents mini-party decks in front of the grandstand for small group parties. There, on Friday evening, I joined Mike Cronin, Jack Walsh and Wendy Hobson of the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for their party there. It was a blast. I met with a number of board members and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA. Mike assured me the MHBPA will be a big supporter of our event.
That night, the track attracted over 6,000 fans and had a live band playing in-between the races. Good food, good races, good people equals a very good night. Now Saturday is something different. I had heard about the large crowds that come to Canterbury Park, but I was not ready for the over 20,000 fans who showed up to not only enjoy a great racing card, but watch the very funny and entertaining Corgi Dog races. Yes, Corgi Dog races, which they ran in-between the races. This was a marketing bonanza! Not only did the fans bet on the horse races, but they purchased tickets, food and drink. Yes folks, admission on Canterbury ‘premium days’ is $9.00. Now how many race tracks do you know that actually charge admission, let alone $9.00 bucks. I suggested to Randy that he package his marketing concepts and sell it to other tracks. From what I see it really works.
During the trip, I met with Jennifer Perkins, Executive Director of the Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association who is a great lady and a big fan of Jockeys and Jeans. Once again, the Quarter Horse officials will help us stand up for those riders who cannot stand for themselves. Jennifer assured me of their support. I also met with Kay King of the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association. The MTA is the breeding arm of Minnesota racing and has an aggressive and successful state breeding program. Kay also assured me of her association’s support.
I made a trip with Randy to the Jockeys Room where I talked to the local riders and asked them to become our local Jockeys and Jeans Ambassadors. I’m proud to announce the following new members of our local Ambassadors; Dean Butler, Jareth Loveberry, Nick Goodwin, Alex Carchari, Leslie Mawing and Mark Irving. All will be helping us with our event at Canterbury Park.
So here’s the bottom line. I’m very excited about Jockeys and Jeans coming to Canterbury Park and with the help of great people like Randy Sampson and his expert staff, I am convinced this will become our most successful event. As I sometimes say to our organizing committee, which approves the track selection, “I’m pumped.”