06/11/2009 11:00PM

Gulfstream gives to injury groups


Gulfstream Park will donate $10,000 to both the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the track announced Thursday.

The jockeys fund helps former jockeys who have been permanently disabled because of a race-riding accident. Former Miami Dolphin and Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped create the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Nick's son Mark, now 42, suffered a crushed spinal cord while playing football for The Citadel in 1985.

"Day in, day out, jockeys across America risk life and limb," said Gulfstream Park's president and general manager, Bill Murphy. "Thanks to a successful 2009 meeting at Gulfstream Park, we are able to make these contributions, and we hope to improve upon these contributions each succeeding year."