Velazquez Presented with Hartack Award

Velazquez Presented with Hartack Award

03/21/2012

Jockey John Velazquez was presented after the last race Wednesday with the Bill Hartack Memorial Award.

The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation was established by the friends of Bill Hartack to honor the memory and lifetime achievements of the five-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey. Through its philanthropic arm, the Hartack Foundation will annually contribute to thoroughbred racing charities and recognize the jockey who rides the Kentucky Derby winner. Velazquez won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom.

“It’s a great to be honored for winning the Kentucky Derby and especially in the name of Bill Hartack,” said Velazquez after a winner’s circle presentation attended by fellow jockeys and friends, including Angel Cordero and Todd Pletcher. “It’s funny but last year during Kentucky Derby week I was reading the story about Bill Hartack. And next thing I knew I was winning the Kentucky Derby. So this is a great honor.”