New York Racing Association will provide racing fans with the
opportunity to vote for the Mike Venezia Memorial Award online at www.nyra.com/veneziaaward through Saturday, August 30.
in 1989, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award is given to jockeys who
exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. It is named in
honor of Mike Venezia, who died as the result of injuries he suffered in
a spill in 1988 at Belmont Park.
Representatives from the
Jockey's Guild and the New York Racing Association have nominated a trio
of exemplary individuals to be considered for this year's award. Each
is an accomplished athlete whose aptitude on the track is rivaled only
by the respect they garner off it.
Fans will be able to choose
from outstanding jockeys Javier Castellano, Cornelio Velasquez, and
John Velazquez to decide the 19th recipient of the Venezia Award.
winner will be announced and presented with the award in the winner's
circle on August 30 at Saratoga.