Sunday, July 05, 2009
SARATOGA FASIG-TIPTON JOCKEY-TRAINER CONTEST SET FOR AUG. 8-9
There will be more at stake than usual at Saratoga Race Course the weekend of Aug. 8-9, with the nation’s top jockeys and trainers competing in the first Fasig-Tipton Jockey-Trainer Contest.
All 21 races over the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing weekend will be included in the contest, with trainers and jockeys compiling points on a 5-3-1 system for win, place, and show, with double points for horses that passed through the Fasig-Tipton sales ring.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. will donate $5,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund in the name of the winning jockeys. Additionally, the top three scoring jockeys will win $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Fasig-Tipton will donate a total of $11,000 to the equine charities of choice for the top three trainers: $6,000 in the name of the winning trainer, $3,000 in the name of the second-place trainer and $2,000 in the name of the third-place trainer.
Awards will be presented to the individual winners in the winner’s circle on Monday, Aug. 10, between the third and fourth races.
“The Jockey-Trainer contest is a great way for the fans to become more involved with racing and to become more acquainted with the top jockeys and trainers who are in Saratoga for the Festival of Racing,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.
Celebrating the partnership between racing and yearling sales, the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing features a variety of special events in addition to an exciting weekend of stakes action featuring the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap and the Grade 1 $300,000 Test for three-year-old fillies on Saturday and the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and the Grade 2, $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap on Sunday.
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