Jockeys and Jeans Permanent Committee Members
Reverend Eddie Donnally
He is the only professional horse jockey to have won an Eclipse Award for Newspaper Writing and one who has been a television show producer, racing show host, certified fund raiser, ordained minister and hospital and hospice chaplain. A jockey for 20-years, he rode in some 10,000 races at 54 tracks, winning an estimated 1,200. He was once indicted for sports bribery and left the Los Angeles Twin Towers jail to begin his ministry career at the Los Angeles Dream Center, where in less than five years, he became a licensed Foursquare Minister.
Barry Pearl started his racing carear in 1965 at Atlantic City Race Track in New Jersey and became one of the leading riders at the New Jersey circuit. After New Jersey, Florida followed and Barry enjoyed a successful campaign. He rode mostly in New Jersey and Philadelphia with a few stops in Chicago, Ohio and Kentucky. Barry became fascinated with photography and quickly mastered the art of Sports Photography. He has been published in a number of major newspapers and was also published in Sports Illustrated. He became the Track Photographer at Penn National in 1973 which was only supposed to run for 90 days. He received a call from then President and General Manager, John Shumaker that the State of Pennsylvania granted Penn National an additional 200 racing days. Decisions had to be made and Barry was not one to procrastinate. So, the decision to retire became apparent to Barry and after discussing it with his wife they decided to go for the sure thing. Barry has built a very successful career as a businessman with interests in Real Estate and a successful Photography Studio. He has been retired since 2006 and now lives with his wife in Florida and Pennsylvania.
One of the founding members of Jockeys and Jeans, Darrell Brown grew up in Michigan around a family of rodeo riders. Brown became a jockey and rode his first race at Churchill Downs in the Spring of 1969. He went on to win leading rider titles at Tampa Bay Downs and Penn National, he was also second leading rider at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. He won stake races in 6 states, including the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.and won the first running of the Kentucky Cardinal Stakes at Churchill Downs in 1974 and rode in the Kentucky Derby that same year. He rode in Santa Anita in 1970. He retired in 1997 and now resides in Western NC with his wife Maureen.