02/18/2016 2:31PM

Six Lane’s End stallion seasons to help raise money for Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund


Edited press release

Lane’s End’s Honor Code, Vinnie and Teresa Viola’s Liam’s Map, R.S. Evans’s Tonalist, George Bolton and David Shimmon’s The Factor, Phyllis Wyeth’s Union Rags, and Phipps Stable’s Mr Speaker headline a powerful lineup of online stallion seasons being auctioned starting Feb. 22 to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Jockeys and Jeans, the organizer of the event, has received commitments from seasons to stallions totaling some $250,000 in advertised fees. The Lane’s End donation contains the most expensive seasons donated thus far and include Honor Code ($40,000), Union Rags ($35,000), Tonalist ($30,000), Liam’s Map ($25,000), The Factor ($25,000), and Mr. Speaker ($10,000).   

“My father has long been supportive of PDJF, so it is very exciting for us to have such enthusiasm from our partners for this important cause,” said Lane’s End’s Bill Farish of his father, Will Farish.

The no-guarantee seasons will become part of an online auction on the Starquine website (www.Starquine.com). A preview of the seasons will be posted on Friday. Bidding starts Feb. 22 and closes at noon EST Feb. 27.

Selected breeding seasons will be carried over to the live auction at the third annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser which begins at noon at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 28. That event will be managed by Fasig-Tipton auctioneers and its announcer, Terence Collier. Advance arrangements can be made on the Starquine website to bid by telephone at the live auction. 

This is the first stallion season auction to benefit the PDJF, which supports more than 60 former riders who suffered catastrophic career-ending injuries, with over half either paraplegic or quadriplegic. Jockeys and Jeans was founded by a group of former jockeys, and at its second event last May at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, it raised $204,000 for the charity.

“The Sport of Kings has always had philanthropists who used their success to aid the less fortunate in the racing industry, and Mr. Will Farish (a PDJF board member) is certainly one,” said Barry Pearl, Jockeys and Jeans president. “We thank every stallion season donor. And the donations from the stallion owners at Lane’s End have set the standard. Thanks to them we have hopes of breaking the record we set last year.”

The event honors the efforts of severely injured former riders to rebuild their lives. This year, the event will honor Roger Blanco, Gary Donahue, Rene Douglas, Jack Fires, Tad Leggett, Mike Straight, and Ann Von Rosen.

Scheduled to appear on Feb. 28 are 13 Racing Hall of Fame riders, including Bill Boland, Walter Blum, Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Sandy Hawley, Laffit Pincay Jr., Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Randy Romero, John Rotz, Jacinto Vasquez, Jorge Velasquez, and Manuel Ycaza.

Tickets are on sale, but seating is limited. General admission is $50, with tickets for jockeys, both former and current, $25. Admission includes luncheon buffet, coffee and tea, and an opportunity to bid on some of racing’s most treasured memorabilia.

For tickets, call (954) 457-6201, or buy online at www.gulfstreampark.com.

For more information or to donate a stallion season, call Barry Pearl at (717) 503-0182 or Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711.