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NYRA matches money raised during Calvin Borel Autograph Signing

ELMONT, N.Y. – Fans lined up at Belmont Park Saturday afternoon to get autographs from jockey Calvin Borel, resulting in more than $4,000 being raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

The proceeds from the signing, with autographs going for $10 each, totaled $2,170, and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced it will match that number for a total of $4,340 going to the PDJF.

“Jockeys put their health at risk every time they get onto the track,” said NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward. “We are thrilled to be able to match the money raised today, and want to thank Calvin for agreeing to take part in the signing.”

The popular Borel, regular rider of Preakness and Mother Goose winner Rachel Alexandra, signed 8x10 glossy, color copies of the star filly from the June 27 Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, a race in which she shattered two stakes records – margin of victory and final time. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro defeated her two rivals by a 19¼-length margin, considerably more than the 13½-length victory achieved by the great Ruffian in 1975, and completed the race in 1:46.33, besting Lakeway’s previous record of 1:46.58 set in 1994.

Borel, in town Saturday to ride A. Stevens Miles Jr.’s Warrior’s Reward in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes, narrowly missed a chance to be the first jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races aboard two different horses. After a major upset in the Kentucky Derby with Mine That Bird, Borel took off the gelding to ride Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, making history when she became the first filly in 85 years to win that race. Back on Mine That Bird in the Belmont Stakes, Borel finished third behind Summer Bird and Dunkirk.

The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. For more information about PDJF, please visit: http://www.pdjf.org/.


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