Co-Chairs of the event include NYRA President/CEO, Charles Hayward and Mayor of the City of Albany, the Honorable Gerald D. Jennings. Special guest at the event will be local racehorse owner, Roddy Valente.
“On behalf of the City of Albany, it is my pleasure to co-chair this event,” said the Honorable Gerald D. Jennings, Mayor of the City of Albany. “I applaud the efforts of Capital OTB President /CEO, John Signor, for creating a fun event for the Capital District’s Saratoga racing fans and for using this platform to raise awareness and funds for such a worthwhile charity as the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.”
“I am pleased that John Signor has asked me to co-chair this event. We are all very excited about the upcoming 2009 Saratoga meet and the positive impact it has on the Capital Region. We are confident it will be a great racing season. I am also proud to lend my support to such a wonderful charity as the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which does terrific work on behalf of the jockeys,” said Charles Hayward, President/CEO of The New York Racing Association.
“We are very grateful to John Signor and the Capital District OTB Corporation for their efforts on behalf of the PDJF. It is critically important that all segments of the racing industry help those who can’t help themselves,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager, Jockeys Guild.
“We are very pleased to be the named charity for the “Jammin for Jockeys” event hosted by the Capital OTB Corporation,” said Nancy LaSala, Executive Director of the PDJF. “It is with the support of the horse racing community that our goal to grow this fund and form an endowment that will be self-sustaining is made possible.”
“Saratoga racing is like Christmas in July. The Capital OTB event this Friday will help promote the terrific racing at Saratoga Racetrack and the tremendous work done by the PDJF on behalf of the Jockeys,” said Roddy Valente.
“On behalf of the Capital OTB Board of Directors and management, I want to wish all the Capital Region racing fans a fun and profitable Saratoga race meet. I also want to thank all those involved – Mr. Hayward, Mayor Jennings and Mr. Valente -- for supporting a great charity, the PDJF.” said Capital OTB Chairman of the Board, Marcel Webb
About The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund is a public charity that provides financial assistance to some 60 former jockeys and who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since it’s founding in 2006 the fund has disbursed over $2 million dollars to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. The long term goal of the charity is to create an endowment that will enable the fund to someday be self-sufficient.
About Capital District Off Track Betting Corporation.
Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation was created in 1975 as a public benefit corporation to provide legalized wagering on horse racing and lottery products with all the profits distributed to local governments and the racing industry. Over the past 30 years Capital OTB has grown to 43 Off-Track Betting branches and 35 EZ Bet locations encompassing Columbia, Rensselaer, Greene, Albany, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery, Washington, Warren, Essex, Clinton, Franklin, St.Lawrence Counties, and the City of Schenectady in upstate New York.