•Jockeys' Guild, RTCA Set Up Saez Family Fund, 10/21•
The Jockeys' Guild has partnered with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) to establish an account for funds for the family of apprentice jockey Juan Saez.
Saez, 17, was fatally injured October 14 in an on-track accident at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana. Saez is survived by parents Carlos Saez and Laurentina Ramos Saez as well as his siblings Norisela, Jakeline, Luis (his wife, Andrea), Detzy, Sebastian, and his nieces and nephew.
Contributions can be made to aid Saez's family by sending a check made out to Race Track Chaplaincy of of America, 2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A-120, Lexington, Kentucky 40504, with the notation "Juan Saez" on the memo line.
Additionally, jockeys across the nation will honor the late jockey during Breeders' Cup weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The jockeys will ride with a patch with Saez's initials on their pants/boots as well as a with a black band to recognize him and the other jockeys who have lost the lives during a race or as a result of race-related injuries. All jockeys will be asked to donate at least one losing mount fee to the fund.
•GULFSTREAM RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF STALL APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER MEET, 10/21•
Gulfstream Park announced today it received a record 5,356 applications for the 3,800 stalls available at Gulfstream, Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park West for its Championship Meet.
The Championship Meet, which begins Dec. 6, will feature 67 stakes races – 37 graded – with purses totaling a record $11.25 million.
Those applying for stalls included Todd Pletcher, Gulfstream’s leading trainer the past 11 years, Nick Zito, Bill Mott, Shug McGaughey, Mike Maker, Kiaran McLaughlin, Tom Albertrani, Chad Brown, Michael Matz, Eddie Plesa Jr., Eddie Kenneally, Graham Motion, Ian Wilkes, Ralph Nicks, Kelly Breen, Malcolm Pierce, David Fawkes, Wesley Ward, Barclay Tagg, Christophe Clement, David Jacobson, Wayne Catalano, Marty Wolfson, Ken McPeek and Gustavo Delgado.
“We’re delighted so many of the country’s top horsemen want to race at Gulfstream and stable at one of our three facilities during the winter season,” said Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo. “We’ve planned ahead for the Championship Meet by refurbishing the main track at Palm Meadows, doing extensive renovations to barns at Gulfstream Park West, and now working on the turf course and main track at Gulfstream Park. Obviously, we’ll do everything we can to accommodate as many horsemen as possible. Their support, along with our record stakes schedule, the prestigious Eclipse Awards and world-renowned Fasig-Tipton Selected 2-year-olds in Training Sale, will make the Championship Meet truly spectacular.”