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Dinner/Dance/Auction to Benefit Injured Jockey

September 16, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

by Garry Allison, The Horses, Rocky Mountain Turf Club, and TRJ Staff

On Saturday, September 29, the horse racing community will gather to assist one of their own. A benefit auction, dinner and dance will be held for injured Rocky Mountain Turf Club jockey Laurina Bugeaud, who suffered extensive upper-body injuries in a mishap on September 8.

"Laurina is conscious now and slowly recovering from arm, ribs and back injuries, but she will be laid up for quite some time," said RMTC CEO Max Gibb. "She is recovering in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary after giving all of us quite a scare.

"She is a tough rider who gives it her all in every race, and we all want to see her fully recover. Her injury also underlines the importance of the Don MacBeth Fund which assists injured jockeys, and the RMTC and its horsemen are continually the top contributors to the fund in Canada."

All of the proceeds from the special evening will go to Bugeaud. Sponsored by the Alberta Community Thoroughbred Association, the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association and the B track jockeys of Alberta, the evening's events begin after the races on Saturday, September 29, under the RMTC Grandstand. Organizers are still rounding up auction items, and anyone interested may donate by phoning 317-7487 or 381-2341 in the evenings. Cash pledges will also be accepted.

"While this is being put on by the horsemen, everyone is encouraged to attend after the final race on Saturday and bid freely at the auction, eat their fill and even enjoy some dancing," said Gibb.