Here is a great article written by the Reverend Eddie Donnally, Jockeys and Jeans Vice President, Director Stallion Season Sales.
In Memory of Penny Chenery
WE ARE STUNNED AND SADDENED BY THE NEWS THAT OUR FRIEND PENNY CHENERY HAS PASSED AWAY. WE ARE HONORED AND PROUD THAT SHE CHOSE OUR JOCKEY AND JEANS/PDJF PROJECT AS HER FINAL SIGNING. SHE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. SHE WAS A CLASSY LADY, WHO WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED THAT WAY. THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHEN SHE AUTOGRAPHED ALL OUR KENTUCKY DERBY AND HALL OF FAME PHOTOS.
Jockeys And Jeans Raises Record $252,000 In 2017
With the totals in for Jockeys and Jeans fourth annual event, this year at Parx Casino and Racing on June 3, proceeds from it and an earlier Stallion Season Sale total a record $252,000.
This tops the previous record $235,000 raised by the group for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund in 2016. Since its inception in 2014, the all volunteer group, founded by five former jockeys, has raised for PDJF, over $715,000.
Some 300 fans and horsepersons were on hand to mingle with 14 Hall of Fame Jockeys and honor six catastrophically injured jockeys.
“All this is simply a testimony to the concern and generosity of the racing community and those who love this sport,” said Jockeys and Jeans President, Barry Pearl. “Donors, volunteers, Hall of Fame riders and fans joined hands to honor and support those men and women whose catastrophic injuries may have disabled their bodies but has not diminished their spirits. I and all on our committee are truly humbled by the response.”
Jockeys and Jeans was formed in early 2014 by five former jockeys to raise awareness of the dangers inherent in race riding and funds for the some 60 former riders who suffered catastrophic, career ending injuries and are supported by monthly payments from the PDJF.
Hall of Famers attending were Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Pat Day, Ramon Dominquez, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Don Pierce, Laffit Pincay, Jr., John Rotz, Bobby Ussery, Jorge Velasquez, and Manuel Ycaza. Honorees included Vincent Amico, Sam Boulmetis, Jr., Tony Dlugoposki, Linda Hughes, Jayme LaRocca, and Sidney Underwood.
Committee members include Barry Pearl – President; Eddie Donnally – Vice President; Maureen and Darrell Brown, Sandy Hawley, Suzie Picou-Oldham, Karou Chatfield-Tsuchiya, Kenny Katz and Michele Pearl.
Jockeys and Jeans plans to solicit and sell donated stallion seasons this fall for the PDJF with the time and place for its Select Season Sale to be announced.
Jockeys and Jeans raises over $150,000 in its Second Stallion Season Auction to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
Second Jockeys and Jeans Stallion Season Auction Shows Significant Increase
With the tallying complete, Jockeys and Jeans raised over $150,000 during its second sale of stallion seasons online and select season auction at Gulfstream Park. All proceeds benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
The total easily topped the $114,000 raised in its first auction last year. Founded in 2014 by a group of former jockeys, Jockeys and Jeans has raised some $650,000 for the organization that makes monthly payments to over 60 former jockeys who suffered career ending injuries. Some 40 are either quadra or paraplegics. Several of their stories can be read on JockeyandJeans.com.
“Leaders in many racing organizations along with a host of top breeders have decided to step up and make a difference in the lives of our fallen brothers and sisters, “ said J&J President Barry Pearl. “We thank each and every one and because of their generosity, we have momentum heading into our next annual event.”
The fourth annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser is set for June 3 at Parx Racing near Philadelphia. Last year’s event at Gulfstream Park honored six severely injured former jockeys, attracted Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, Hall of Fame golfer, Raymond Floyd, dozens of famous jockeys and 14 Hall of Fame riders.
All mingled with the crowd and during a panel presentation watched video replays as famous former riders recounted their participation in many of the sport’s classic races. It raised $235,000 for PDJF.
“Parx Racing is honored to be hosting Jockeys and Jeans this coming June” said Parx Racing COO Joe Wilson. “Barry and his team have made great strides with their event to benefit the PDJF and we look forward to building on that momentum with them.”
For more information contact Jockeys and Jeans Vice President, Eddie Donnally firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-653-3711
Tony Black to become latest Jockeys and Jeans Ambassador
Tony Black is an interesting guy who I happen to know for over 40 years. Tony and I rode together back in the 70’s and this I can say: Tony was a very good rider with over 5,200 wins. Now that is saying something. Tony has always been an advocate for the jockey community and has fought for jockeys throughout his career. We are proud to announce that the committee of Jockey and Jeans has awarded Tony the position of Jockeys and Jeans Ambassador. Tony joins such notable personalities as Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron, Pat Day, Manny Ycaza, Mike Smith and other Hall of Fame Jockeys. Tony will be helping us with our event at Parx on June 4 and representing us in the Philadelphia-Delaware-Maryland areas. So from all of us at Jockeys and Jeans, welcome aboard Tony.
Randy Romero: His Race for Life Going Down to the Wire
Just spoke with Randy Romero and he has been in Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans for over a week. He has pneumonia, something those without a spleen are very susceptible to, an inflamed gall bladder and is being fed through a tube. Always an optimistic, he says he will be released when he can keep down solid foods. Good news is that he says doctors still think he is strong enough for the some 10 hour surgery needed to replace his kidney and liver, something he likely needs to save his life. He says that he is now at the top of the list.
His is indeed a race for life. Please join me in in prayer that he will win this battle. The Hall of Famer is only 58
Read my article on him "Race for Life"
Named Jockeys and Jeans Ambassador
The committee of Jockeys and Jeans are proud to announce our latest addition to our coveted Jockeys and Jeans Ambassadors. Kaoru Chatfield-Tsuchiya Is probably one of most active promoters of Jockeys and Jeans and is always willing to step up and help wherever she is needed. Kaoru was the first female Jockey to be accepted in the coveted Jockeys School in Japan and had sucsess at major Racetrack in Japan and the United States. Kaoru came to the United States with a determination to succeed and had a very successful career. Kaoru rode mostly around the Kentucky circuit and was known for her tenacity and never give up attitude. When people talk about who’s who around Lexington, Kaoru’s name always comes up. Kaoru is probably one of the most well-liked and respected people that has stepped on the hallowed grounds of Keeneland. The committee of Jockeys and Jeans is honored that Kaoru Chatfield-Tsuchiya will be our latest Jockeys and Jeans Ambassadors and join the likes of Lafitt Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Chris McCarron, Jorge Velasquez, Manual Ycaza, Ron Turcotte, Ted Leggett and Arnold Iliescu. Kaoru, Welcome aboard.
Sandy Hawley Named Jockeys and Jeans Jockey Liaison - Committee Member
The committee of Jockey and Jeans are proud to announce that Hall of Fame Jockey Sandy Hawley has accepted our invitation to join our committee in the roll of Jockey Liaison and Coordinator. Sandy will take over for Hall of Famer Walter Blum who because of time constraints will assume the role of Committee Member Emeritus. The committee would like to thank Walter for his dedication and hard work and we look forward to his expert advice.
Sandy had a reputation for being one of the nicest and hardest-working riders in the game. His nickname was Gentleman Sandy and I don’t think there is a person in racing who has ever said a bad word about Sandy.
Sandy is a living legend in Canada and works part time for Woodbine Race Track a place Jockeys and Jeans would like to hold our event in the future. We at Jockeys and Jeans feel the addition of Sandy to our team is one more step in making our event the premier charity event in racing. Here is a brief outline on Sandy Hawley’s amazing career.
Sandy Hawley was born on April 16, 1949 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He took an unusual path to the track, spending time as a plumber before he became a jockey.
Hawley rode his first winner aboard Fly Alone on Oct. 14, 1968 at Woodbine. The following year, he was North America’s leading apprentice. He quickly found success and led all North American jockeys in wins in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1976. In 1973, he became the first to ride 500 winners in a year.
In 1976, Hawley won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, as well as the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1973 and 1976, which is given annually to Canada’s top athlete.
Hawley won numerous major races during his career, including the Queen’s Plate (4), Alabama, Prince of Wales Stakes (2), Breeders’ Stakes (4), Canadian Oaks (8), Coronation Futurity (5), Whitney Handicap, D.C. International (2), Canadian International (2), Man o’ War, Secretariat, Vanity, Hollywood Oaks, Strub, Hollywood Gold Cup, Hollywood Futurity, Bing Crosby Handicap (2), Spinster Stakes, Ashland Stakes and Jamaica Handicap.
At Woodbine, Hawley once rode seven winners on a single card and he had two six-win days at Santa Anita.
Hawley was the leading rider in Canada nine times and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. He won 18 riding titles at Woodbine, 13 at Fort Erie and nine each at Greenwood and Ontario.
Hawley retired in 1998 with 6,450 wins from 31,456 mounts. He won on 21 percent of his mounts and had purse earnings of $88,666,071.
Sandy Hawley was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1992.
Jockeys and Jeans Traveled to Keeneland Sales September 12th, 2016
I just returned from the Keeneland Yearling sales where Revered Eddie and I spent the last few days visiting with past Stallion Season donators and meeting new folks who showed great interest in helping us out for our next Auction. I am absolutely blown away by the generosity and support shown to Jockeys and Jeans by the farms and people that participated in the the sale. Some farms were selling agents for other people and did not have a stallion season to offer but they quickly stepped up to the plate and offered to purchase one of our Sponsorships. One wonderful couple Mr. and Mrs. T. Wayne Sweezey of Timber Town Stables offer to write me a check for a sponsorship as soon as I send him an invoice. Now that is Kentucky Generosity.
I also had the distinct pleasure to meet Mr. Bill Thomason of Keeneland who is a great guy and told me he has watching Jockeys and Jeans and he was very impressed by what we have accomplished. As you can imagine I was grinning from ear to ear. Thank you Mr. Thomason for the opportunity to tell our story.
Our good friend Pat Day came out to visit with us and needless to say Pat was a big hit and helped us meet new people who loved what we are doing. Thank you Pat your a home run guy! I also need to thank Kaoru Chatfield-Tsuchiya who hosted Eddie and myself. There is no one who is more cordial, caring and hospitable then Kaoru. This I can say, as long as Eddie and I are involved with Jockeys and Jeans Kaoru will always be a part of what we do. I also must thank Suzie Picou Oldham and her husband Johnny who did a wonderful job introducing us to prospective donors and basically putting up with us for almost a week. Suzie is loved by all and is a true legend around Keeneland.
So, here is the bottom line. I feel in love with Keeneland, not only for it's beauty, it's mystique and attention to detail which in this day and age is truly astonishing but also its purity and true love of the horse and sport. Thank you Keeneland for letting me remember what racing is supposed to be.
Jockeys and Jeans will be at the Keeneland Sale September 12th - 16th
Reverend Eddie and I will be traveling to the Keeneland Sales starting September 12th to meet with breeders and promote our Stallion Season donations. If you plan to be there please let us know as we would love to say hello.