SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> A dunk tank fundraiser and autograph session are among the activities planned for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Day, on Saturday, at Saratoga Race Course.
Similar events to benefit disabled jockeys are planned at race tracks across America.
For a suggested donation of $10 per throw, fans will have an opportunity to soak some of their favorite jockeys, and NYRA racing analyst Andy Serling, in a dunk tank in the backyard near Dunkin’ Donuts and the Spectrum News Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m.
Also, jockeys will participate in an autograph session on the Jockey Silks Room Porch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Autographs will be available with a donation to the Fund.
Fans are encouraged to visit the Community Outreach Booth, on the Silks Room Porch, to learn more about the not-for-profit organization’s mission to provide financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
Saturday will feature a blockbuster day of racing, highlighted by the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, presented by NYRA Bets. The traditional prep for the Travers will for the first time include a matchup between the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing will break from the starting gate in the Jim Dandy at approximately 6:18 p.m.
As Race 10 and one of four stakes races on the day’s card, the Jim Dandy will anchor Saturday’s “Saratoga Live” program, which will air nationally on Fox Sports 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
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