Churchill Downs to
Host Jockeys and Jeans
Many organizations are significant to the sport of horse racing, but none is more deserving of support than the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). As a result, a small group of dedicated people came together earlier this year to form “Jockeys and Jeans,” a benefit to raise funding for a worthwhile cause. Fresh on the heels of the success of the 2019 event, “Jockeys and Jeans” will continue as an annual occurrence and Churchill Downs will provide the venue for the 2020 event.
“Jockeys and Jeans” began as a reunion for jockeys across the United States. With a little input from key committee members, the idea grew into a way to give back to the industry and became an event at Tampa Bay Downs on March 30th, 2014. As a result of the hard work and dedication to the cause, more than $205,000 was raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund at our 2015 event at Indiana Grand Racing-Casino.
At our 2016 and 2017 events at Gulfstream Park and Parx Racing, once again records were broken because of you the fan.
At our 2018 event at Canterbury Park records were shattered because of the dedication and hard work of the Jockeys and Jeans committee, PDJF, and our partner the Canterbury Park Team. We realized over $310,000,000 for the PDJF.
The 2019 event at Santa Anita Park featured Hall of Fame riders from all across North America and included both a live and silent auction on all types of premium items.
We really kicked it in at our 2021 event at beautiful Monmouth Park realizing over $342,000 for our Fallen Riders.
Tickets to the 2022 Churchill Downs gala will be available later this year.
In addition, those who cannot attend will be able to support the cause through donations with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund. Members of the Jockeys and Jeans committee include Barry Pearl, Eddie Donnally, Randy Samson, Jayme LaRocca, Allan Monet, Maureen Brown, Sandy, and Karou Hawley, Suzie Pico-Oldham, Harvey Kacer, and Kenny Katz.
More information on the seventh annual “Jockeys and Jeans” event may be found on the organization’s Facebook page at “Jockeys and Jeans” or through their Website at jockeysandjeans.com.