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Stallion Season Auction to Benefit PDJF

PDJF LogoSeasons to Lane's End-based stallions Honor Code, Liam's Map, Tonalist, The Factor, Union Rags, and Mr Speaker, will headline an online auction that will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. 

Currently, Jockeys and Jeans has received seasons totaling some $250,000 in advertised fees. The Lane's End donation contains the most expensive seasons donated thus far and include Honor Code ($40,000), Union Rags ($35,000), Tonalist ($30,000), Liam's Map ($25,000), The Factor ($25,000) and Mr. Speaker ($10,000).    

"My father has long been supportive of PDJF, so it is very exciting for us to have such enthusiasm from our partners for this important cause," said Bill Farish.

These no-guarantee seasons will become part of an online auction on the Starquine website. A preview of the seasons will be posted Friday, Feb. 19. Bidding starts Monday, Feb. 22 and closes at noon EST Saturday, Feb. 27.

Selected breeding seasons will be carried over to the live auction at the third annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser which begins at noon Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park. The event auction will be managed by Fasig-Tipton auctioneers and announcer Terence Collier. Advance arrangements can be made on the Starquine website to bid by telephone at the live auction.  

The event is the day before the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale' Under Tack Show, which is followed by F-T's 2-year-olds in training sale at the same track on Wednesday, March 2.  

This is the first stallion season auction to benefit the PDJF, which supports more than 60 former riders who underwent catastrophic career-ending injuries, with more than half either pariplegics or quadriplegics. Jockeys and Jeans was founded by a group of former jockeys, and its second event last May at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino raised more than $204,000.

"The sport of kings has always had philanthropists who used their success to aid the less fortunate in the racing industry, and Will Farish (a PDJF Board Member) is certainly one," said Jockeys and Jeans president Barry Pearl. "We thank every stallion season donor and the donations from the stallion owners at Lane's End have set the standard. Thanks to them we have hopes of breaking the record we set last year."

The event honors the efforts of severely injured former riders to rebuild their lives. This year the event will honor Roger Blanco, Gary Donahue, Rene Douglas, Jack Fires, Tad Leggett, Mike Straight, and Ann Von Rosen. 

Scheduled to attend the event Hall of Fame riders Bill Boland, Walter Blum, Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Sandy Hawley, Laffit Pincay Jr., Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Randy Romero, John Rotz, Jacinto Vasquez, Jorge Velasquez, and Manuel Ycaza.

Tickets are on sale, but seating is limited. General admission is $50 with tickets for former and current jockeys set at $25.

-from www.bloodhorse.com

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