05/26/2010 12:00AM

River honors longtime track employee


River Downs has named the seventh race on Friday in honor of Richard "Dickie" Burge, who was around the racetrack for 60 of his 75 years. Burge died from complications related to heart failure last Sunday evening.

Burge was the longtime valet of jockey Perry Ouzts, who has won 22 riding titles at River Downs and multiple titles at Beulah Park, Latonia, and Turfway Park while Burge was his valet.

Burge retired form the jockeys' room four years ago and became a placing judge.