Sunday you can support jockeys injured while riding at Canterbury Park.
The Leg Up Fund was established in 2014 to provide temporary, transitional support to riders injured at Canterbury as they recover and return to the saddle. The fund provides direct resources to Canterbury Park jockeys who are hurt while riding and helps give them a “Leg Up” while they recuperate. Each year, our staff, horsemen and racing fans come together to raise money for this important cause.
Jockeys are athletes but unlike other pro athletes they have no guaranteed contracts. They only get paid when they ride. Many jockeys have disability insurance for serious injury but no safety net for injuries that may sideline them for a month or two. Leg Up Fund, with your support, provides that safety net.
“Leg Up Day is an important event for the racing community and I expect they will embrace this fundraiser once again,” Senior Director of Racing Operations Andrew Offerman said. “Our racing fans, racehorse owners, and trainers, have historically been the most supportive and generous of any in the nation. I know they will support the fund again this year.”
Leg Up Day is your chance to support injured Canterbury Park jockeys and enjoy a day at the races. Come out Sunday, July 28 to support the jockeys with a silent auction, raffle tickets, or you can sponsor a rider or simply make a donation.
Riders make contributions to Leg Up themselves with a per mount fee every race day. Horse owners also contribute with a starter fee every time their horses race.
On Sunday jockeys will be available for autographs and photos during the first four races. The silent auction begins when gates open and runs until post time of race 7. Auction items included a barbed wire sculpture, wine tasting party from Total Wine, horse memorabilia, co-hosting a Pre-Race show with Brian Arrigoni, St. Paul Saints tickets, and much more.
Post time is 12:45 p.m.