Triple Crown Jockey to Make Local Appearance
Jean Cruguet joins fellow race fans to raise money for Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Jean Cruguet, one of three remaining Triple Crown jockeys, will make a personal appearance at the “DerbyWings Charity Bash” Wednesday evening, May 2. The fun filled evening will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar at 1055 Bardstown Rd., in the Highlands.
A “Meet and Greet” with Cruguet will start around 7:00 pm, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Photo opportunities and autographed photographs will be available for a donation.
During the DerbyWings Charity Bash, autographed, framed photos of Secretariat, Barbaro, and Ruffian, provided by DerbyAuctions.com will be offered at raffle. DerbyAuctions.com owner Sam Finelli and Cruguet have been longtime friends and they are very supportive of the PDIF. Cruguet was more than happy to appear for the benefit of PDJF and is looking forward to meeting with the fans. In addition, other horse racing and sports memorabilia will be on the auction block, with proceeds going to PDJF.
Buffalo Wild Wings will be featuring the famous Mint Julep and Oaks Lily in complementary glasses throughout the event, as well as Miller Lite drafts. Come join us for Derby fun and festivities, all to benefit PDJF. Guest appearances by other racing celebrities are also expected to add to the event excitement.
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed over $3 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Many of the jockeys served were injured while in their 20s and 30s and face decades of living with a disability. They have lost their income and the opportunity to build a financial cushion sufficient to support them and their families.
Juan Cruguet became a part of racing history as the only jockey to ride an undefeated Triple Crown champion, guiding the great Seattle Slew to victory in the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. His success in the latter was dramatically punctuated by the maverick jockey's unforgettable deep stretch gesture, triumphantly raising his right arm 20 yards before the finish. In a riding career spanning four decades, Cruguet won over 2.400 races, including mounts on the brilliant champions Hoist the Flag, Arts and Letters, and San San. Cruguet also became a successful international rider with stake victories in USA, Canada and France.
For more information contact Sarah Rucker at BWW (502) 454-3635 or Cindy Thomas (270) 312-1274.
Donations are also being accepted for raffle at the auction.
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