PDJF Recognized With Gulfstream Donation
Fernando Jara Returns to Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Following Saturday’s second race, Gulfstream presented a check for $6,183 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), a public charity that works to provide financial assistance to former jockeys that have suffered severe, career-ending injuries on the racetrack. Incorporated in 2006, the organization supports approximately 60 former riders.
On hand to receive the check was former jockey and PDJF representative Gary Donahue. Donahue rode for six years and won 564 races before a riding accident at Suffolk Downs ended his racing career and left him paralyzed from the waist down. Donahue, a longtime supporter of the PDJF, was grateful for the donation.
“It means a lot,” Donahue said. “It goes a long way and it helps – I believe it’s 63 – permanently disabled riders. It just helps them so much. It helps them to have a better life.”
Saturday marked the second time in the past two weeks that Gulfstream acknowledged the work of the PDJF. On July 26, Gulfstream participated in the PDJF’s Taking the Reins day, an event created to educate about and fundraise for the organization. Current Gulfstream riders signed posters for fans that afternoon, and donations were taken.
“I understand it was very successful,” Donahue said. “They raised quite a bit of money and brought a lot of awareness to people, and I understand that they’re going to be doing a lot more programs here (at Gulfstream). It’s great for the program. I’m glad a lot of tracks are getting more involved.”
Windtalker, ridden by leading rider Edgard Zayas, won the second race, a $12,500 claiming event on the grass, for trainer Bill White and Vegso Racing Stable, and paid $4.20. Twin Engine Jet ($9.60) was second by a head, followed by I’llleaveitwithyou ($3.40).
Jockey Fernando Jara Returns to Gulfstream
Jockey Fernando Jara, the fourth-leading rider at last summer's inaugural Gulfstream summer meet, has returned to South Florida after spending the last six months riding in Saudi Arabia.
"I'm happy to be back," Jara said. "It was nice to be over there but, at the end, I was crazy to come back. It's a different way of living over there. The plan now is to stay here."
Jara, who had 24 winners last summer and is best known for riding 2006 Horse of the Year and 2007 Donn Handicap (G1) winner Invasor, rode his first mount back Saturday in the first race.
Since leaving to ride in Saudi Arabia over the winter, Jara's little sister, apprentice Alexandra, has taken out her license and has been riding regularly over the past six week. The apprentice has won four of her first 66 mounts.
"She's been doing good," Fernando said. "She's a very good rider. I'm looking forward to riding against her."
Who’s Hot: Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman posted a riding triple Saturday, taking the third, eighth, and tenth races, all aboard 2-year-olds. Zimmerman rode first time starters Lucky Delfino ($9.40) and Ekati’s Phaeton ($4.60) to wins in the third and eighth races, respectively, both maiden special weight events. He then capped his day with a dominating win aboard Sing Praises ($3.00) in the $100,000 Dr. Fager Stakes, a part of the Florida Sire Stakes. That win gave Zimmerman his second straight stakes victory aboard the colt; the duo also won the Birdonthewire Stakes at Gulfstream on July 12.
Rainbow Six Carryover: $50,000