Turfway Jockeys to Visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
FLORENCE, Ky. (March 27, 2014) – On Fri., March 28, several jockeys from the Turfway Park winter riding colony will bring gifts and their love of race-riding to children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The group will arrive at the facility at 2:30 p.m. ET.
“We wanted not only to show care and compassion to our community but also to share local racing and our love for the sport with them,” said jockey Amanda Tamburello, who organized the visit.
Given the dangers of riding half-ton Thoroughbreds in extremely tight quarters at top speeds of 35 to 40 mph, most jockeys find themselves in emergency rooms at some point in their careers. For Friday’s visit they instead will enjoy time with as many as 25 young patients in the hospital’s play room. Speaking from the hospital’s Ryan Seacrest Studios, the jockeys also will interact with more children and patients in isolation.
Expected to visit are jockeys Cory Orm, Megan Fadlovich, Tamburello, Ben Creed, Perry Ouzts, Rodney Prescott, Jeremy Rose, and Noel Vigil. Together their careers represent more than 100 years of racing experience and more than 95,000 races.
Leading by the numbers is 59-year-old Ouzts, with 42 years in the irons, 42,220 starts, and 6,218 wins; he is one of just 16 jockeys in the history of North American Thoroughbred racing to win 6,000 or more races. Rose, who moved his tack to Kentucky last year for the first time, won the 2001 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey and rode Afleet Alex to victory in two jewels of the 2005 Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Contact Sherry Pinson, (859) 647-4842