We need to offer great thanks to Jockey Aaron Gryder (co-founder of The Giving Circle), to Kentucky Downs, and to this year’s Triple Crown winning Jockey, Mike Smith. The Giving Circle is included as a beneficiary from a terrific fund raising event next week. The wonderful part of this news is that a major share of the proceeds will be given to The Giving Circle.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will make his first post-Derby trip to Kentucky Downs Thursday, Sept. 6. While he won’t be riding, he will be raising money for three charities: Old Friends equine retirement facility, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and The Giving Circle. They are billing us as an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They also describe us as seeking to connect communities in need with the resources to help.
From 1 -3pm, Smith will sign limited edition 18×24-inch Coady Photography prints of Justify’s Kentucky Derby victory for a suggested $10 donation. The autograph session, from which the proceeds will be split among the three charities, will take place near the Finish Line Pavilion. Folks will have the opportunity to hang out with a racing icon and raise money for great causes! They should then stay and watch the $250K Old Friends Stakes, sponsored by Red Brand Fence.