Florida Derby Golf Tournament Raises More Than $50,000

Florida Derby Golf Tournament Raises More Than $50,000

04/16/2011

 HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The first annual Florida Derby Golf Tournament, held March 29 at Woodmont Country Club, raised more than $50,000 for thoroughbred retirement and injured jockey Eibar Coa.

The tournament kicked off a week of Derby events that included a ‘Pink Party’ April 1, Ladies Day April 2, and culminated with the 60th running of the $1 million Florida Derby won by Dialed In.

The money raised at the inaugural Florida Derby Golf Tournament went to the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement & Adoptive Care Program (TRAC) and jockey Eibar Coa, whose recovery from a Feb. 18 spill has been called “miraculous” by his doctors and therapists.

“The golf tournament was a huge success thanks to our many sponsors as well as the entire thoroughbred community both locally and nationally,” said Timothy Ritvo, VP of Racing at Gulfstream Park. “The racing world seemed to unite that week and do whatever it took to raise money for Eibar Coa and TRAC. The day of the tournament was made all the more special when Eibar lifted himself out of the wheelchair and walked.

“The racing community is a benevolent community. It was a privilege to see everyone working together to make the first Florida Derby Golf Tournament such a hit. To all of those who supported this event, we are grateful and look forward in building the tournament into something even bigger and better next year.”