While the racing world is celebrating the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah’s connections have shared their financial success in some very meaningful ways.
Bob and Jill Baffert are giving back to the racing industry by donating to organizations that support jockeys and horses. The couple announced they will donate:
- $50,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, in memory of Bobby Adair. Adair, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame jockey, died last month at the age of 71.
- $50,000 to the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a non profit charity created to raise money for retired California racehorses.
- A$50,000 will go to Old Friends Farm, where Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Silver Charm recently retired.
Jockey Victor Espinoza, also announced that he is giving his all of the $80,000 he received for winning the Belmont Stakes, to City of Hope, a leading cancer research and treatment center.
Yesterday it would have been difficult to envision how to make the Triple Crown win even better, but the Bafferts and Victor Espinoza just showed how to do it.