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Jockeys to ride for Jacky Martin on Saturday, October 8th


September 26, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

A national fund raiser for seriously injured Quarter Horse jockey Jacky Martin will be held at racetracks across the country on Saturday, October 8th.

On that day, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys are being asked to contribute a losing mount fee to the “Jacky Martin Fund” to help with costs associated with the long-term care for the champion Quarter Horse jockey who was paralyzed after a spill at Ruidoso Downs on September 2 when his horse, Phire Power, broke down after the finish of the sixth race.

To bring awareness to Martin, and in his honor, jockeys will be riding with a boot decal with Jacky’s name.

Because of the considerable costs associated with Jacky’s injuries, his medical care and needs will exceed well beyond the limit of the $500,000 on-track insurance policy provided by Ruidoso Downs.

“It is critically important that the funds raise enough money to help with the long-term care for Jacky,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “Insurance only covers so much of the needed costs. We are asking jockeys and individuals to help Jacky carry on his life after this catastrophic event. All donations are appreciated.”

Tax deductible donations can be made to the fund by sending a check made out to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track Chaplaincy at P.O. Box 449, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346. It is important to write on the memo line “Jacky Martin Fund” to ensure that the money is contributed to the Jacky Martin Fund.

R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard have generously donated $100,000 to seed the fund.

Martin was named Jockey of the year in 2010 and has won the All-American Futurity seven times. He is a member of the Ruidoso Hall of Fame. He is currently in rehabilitation at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. It is the same facility that treated Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.