Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser at Canterbury Park for Severely Injured Jockeys Shatters Record, Brings Total Raised To Over $1 Million

Results for the June 23 event are in and the group of former jockeys raised $310,000, easily topping the record $254,000 raised at Parx Racing last year.

The total puts the amount raised by the group to well over $1 million.

“Jockeys and Jeans is a true representation of jockeys helping jockeys,” said PDJF Board President Nancy LaSala. “We thank the former jockeys who came together to do something to help raise awareness and funds for the PDJF, as well as the Hall of Fame jockeys who travel across the country and the active riders at each host track. All are there to help the fallen riders. We are so appreciative of the tracks who have hosted the event; Tampa Bay Downs, Indiana Grand, Gulfstream Park, Parx Racing, and Canterbury Park. Without their support this would not have happened.”

The PDJF makes monthly payments of $1,000 to 60 former jockeys who suffered catastrophic racing accidents with 40 either pari or quadriplegics. Most of the remainder suffered severe brain injuries.

The all volunteer group, Jockeys and Jeans came together for a jockey reunion at Tampa Bay Downs in early 2014 and decided to make it into a fundraiser and donate all proceeds to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. President Barry Pearl said this year’s sold out event is likely the richest single fundraiser in the history of Thoroughbred racing.

“While each of our nine committee members puts in a massive amount of work and Hall of Fame riders make the time to show up and take part, it is about more than us,” he said. “It’s about all those in the community of horse racing who stepped up to prove they genuinely care about former jockeys who lives were changed forever in a split second and are now riding wheelchairs instead of horses. And Canterbury Park just took the lead among tracks that care. Randy Sampson and the team there were as innovative as they were determined to make this event a success.”

The track solicited event sponsors and held a poker and golf tournament in which Hall of Fame riders participated. Thirteen attended to honor six permanently disabled jockeys. Edgar Prado flew from his Maryland base to compete with other successful riders and six of the track’s past leading riders in the first All Star Jockey Challenge. Prado, who leads the eight active Hall of Fame riders in victories with over 7,000, got up in the final stride to win aboard Superstar Bea. Barry Butzow, the horse’s co-owner, donated his share of the purse, bringing the total raised in the race to $19,000.

“Canterbury Park and our horsemen were honored to host Jockeys and Jeans and very

pleased with the results,” said track President and CEO, Randy Sampson. “By combining the fundraiser with our Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival, we were able to exceed $2 million in handle on our live races, nearly a record.  More importantly, we raised a lot of money for a great cause and our fans had the opportunity to meet an amazing group of Hall of Fame jockeys who came to support their fallen brothers and sisters.”

Jockeys and Jeans is officially announcing that its 2019 annual fundraiser is set for Santa Anita and in 2020 will move to Churchill Downs.

For more information contact President Barry Pearl at 717-503-0182  or Eddie Donnally, Vice President Marketing and Communication 818-653-3711

News ‘n Notes: First of 15 Speeds to Top Qualifying Time

Northern Stars Racing Festival Highlights:

Hall of Fame Riders attended the Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser June 23rd, benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. They signed autographs and met with fans. Edgar Prado, US Hall of Fame Jockey even managed to win the All Star Challenge race, riding Superstar Bea. The fundraiser generated an estimated $250,000 in donations, pushing the fund over the $1 million mark in its five years of existence.  Thank you to everyone for your generosity.

Sniper Kitten, trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, won the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby Saturday night by a length in front of Nobrag Justfact, conditioned by local trainer Eric Heitzmann. Maker also trained winner of the Lady Canterbury Stakes, I’m Betty G.

Northern Stars Trainer’s Bonus

On Saturday trainer’s earned points for finish position throughout the 10-race card. The top five trainers received the following bonus money:

Michael Maker                  34   $10,000

Michele Boyce                  26    $5,000

Robertino Diodoro          22    $2,000

McLean Robertson          22    $2,000

Joel Berndt                         13    $1,000

There also was a live bankroll handicapping contest. The players hammered away at the mutuel pools using a $500 live bankroll with which they had to wager at least half of what they had in each of six races.

-Results from the June 23rd Northern Stars Handicapping Contest :

1-      Mike Yurczyk     $2,703.70     won $6,000

2-      Brian Arrigoni    $2,249.00     won entry to Sept. 7 contest Ultimate NHC Qualifier

3-      Jen Perkins         $1,968.90    won  entry to Sept. 7 contest

4-      Crystal Tamala   $584.85       won  entry to Sept. 7 contest

Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby Trial Qualifiers

The super fast filly First of 15, winner of the Gopher State Derby, was the fastest qualifier from the trials held Sunday for the July 8 Quarter Horse Derby. Final purse will be $78,450.

RACE #  PP#        HORSE                                  TRAINER              TIME

3              5              First of 15                            Olmstead            19.924

2              8              Painted Dynasty                  Olmstead            19.928

4              4              Marfilmio                            Hanson                 19.965

3              4              Disco Wagon                      Charette-Hill      19.984

4              1              California Blossom             Johnson               19.995

2              4              A Jordon Reed                    Hardy                    20.048

4              9              Eagle Deluxe                      Olmstead            20.049

3              8              DF Apollitcal Sign              Manriquez          20.133

4              2              Olivias Jett                          Swan                     20.310

3              6              Minuscule Monster             Goodsell              20.316


Handicappers Weekend Satellite Contest Results
Terry Severson  $133.60     Dog Days/Ultimate NC entries
Andrew Zabowski   $122.60  Dog Days/Ultimate NC entries
Dave Handeland   $112.40       $800 cash

Looking Forward:

-The Canterbury Carnival is coming to town and will be in Shire Square June 30 through July 5, during live racing.

-The Corgi Races & Cupcake Festival will be at the track on June 30. Corgis will race on the track as they compete for a spot in the July 4 Corgi Encore race.

-A special 4 p.m. first post will take place on July 3 for Canterbury’s Firework Spectacular. Live music and fireworks will follow live racing.

$25,000 Trainer Bonus – Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival

As part of the Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival at Canterbury Park, a $25,000 trainer bonus will be offered based on performance in the June 23rd racing program. All trainers with a horse that starts in any of the races on the card are eligible.

Two (2) points will be awarded for each starter in any of the five stakes races, while one (1) point will be awarded for each starter in any of the day’s overnight races.

Additional points are awarded for finishing first (10 points), second (7), third (5), fourth (3) and fifth (1) in any of the five stakes races on June 23rd. Those stakes races include: $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby (1 Mile, Turf, 3yo), $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile (1 Mile, Turf 3&up), $100,000 Lady Canterbury (1 Mile, Turf, 3&up, f/m), $50,000 Dark Star Cup (6.5 Furlongs, Dirt, 3&up) and $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes (6 Furlongs, Dirt, 3&up, f/m).

For more information about these races, including nomination forms, please visit our Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule.

The trainer bonus will be distributed as follows:

1st Place Trainer $10,000

2nd $5,000

3rd $2,500

4th $1,500

5th-10th $1,000

Any ties in the standings will split prize money.


Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser for the PDJF

In addition to the Mystic Lake Northern Stars Racing Festival, Jockeys and Jeans, an event that benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, will also take place. There will be fifteen Hall of Fame riders on hand to sign autographs and support the organization. A silent auction will also be held to benefit PDJF.

For more information about Jockeys and Jeans, visit