Friday, October 10, 2008
LIVING LEGENDS JOCKEYS TO BE LICENSED OCT. 17
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2008)—In a prelude to competing in a one-of-a-kind live wagering race at Santa Anita on Oct. 18, eight Living Legends jockeys will report to the California Horse Racing Board’s offices at Santa Anita on Friday morning, Oct. 17, to be licensed for competition.
The eight Hall of Fame riders, Angel Cordero Jr., 65, Jacinto Vasquez, 64, Sandy Hawley, 59, Pat Day, 55, Chris McCarron, 53, Jerry Bailey, 51, Gary Stevens, 45, and Julie Krone, 45, will be photographed and fingerprinted at 8:15 a.m.
The 11 legendary jockeys have a combined 71,872 wins and nearly $2 billion in career winnings. All jockeys will be available for interviews.
With live pari-mutuel wagering approved by the CHRB, the race truly has the specter of being an Old-Timers Game that actually counts in the standings.
“It will be fun to get together with everybody again and to see the race too,” said Delahoussaye, who won two Kentucky Derbies and seven Breeders’ Cup races. Delahoussaye retired due to injuries in January, 2003, with 6,384 career victories.
“They were all tough to ride against,” he said. “Even though Laffit won’t be in the race, he was a strong rider and always tough to get by. Angel, he was a rider that always liked to maneuver everybody around the race track…I tell it like it is, and he knows it’s true, anyway.”
The Living Legends Race, an unprecedented event, is Oak Tree’s prelude to the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Oct. 24 and 25.
In addition to the race, there will be a Living Legends Gala at Santa Anita on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association in conjunction with Legends on Tour and will feature dinner, dancing, cocktails, comedy and a silent auction to benefit Jockeys’ Choice Charities.
The public is invited to this special event to be held in Santa Anita’s pristine Paddock Gardens area. For ticket information on the Living Legends on Tour Gala, call (818) 500-1649, or visit http://www.legendsontour.com.
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