The Southern California racing industry is rallying around jockey Joy
Scott who was injured March 12 in a training accident at Santa Anita. A
fund has been set up through the Winners Foundation to help Scott with
her medical expenses.
Scott, 54, was on a horse trained by Eric Guillot when it reared
and threw her. She suffered a compound fracture to her right femur, and a
subsequent infection has delayed surgery at Huntington Memorial
Hospital in nearby Pasadena. The horse was not injured.
Trainer Howard Zucker is spearheading the fundraising effort,
with the help of Bob Fletcher of the Winners Foundation, Candace
Coder-Chew, director of print and graphics at Santa Anita, Rosie Ybarra,
and Chris Aplin. The Winners Foundation not only helps those in the
industry with substance abuse problems, it also frequently aids
backstretch workers in a variety of ways. “Joy is going to need help
paying her medical bills, which is why this fund has been set up,” said
Coder-Chew created a giant card that was signed at Santa Anita’s
Clockers’ Corner. John Shear, the 90-year-old paddock guard who threw
himself in front of a young girl to save her when a horse got loose in
the paddock a couple years ago, took the card to Scott.
“People have really stepped up,” said Zucker. “It has been
absolutely great. Joy is such a hard worker—she’s been doing three jobs
and is a single mother. She exercises horses in the morning, rides
occasionally at Santa Anita, and then goes to Los Alamitos to ride at
Ybarra, who runs Santa Anita’s concession stand at Clockers’
Corner, has been collecting there, while Aplin has gone through the barn
“People have been wonderful,” said Aplin, a good friend of
Scott’s. “One groom told me yesterday to come back today because he had
to go to the bank. He gave me $100.”
Fletcher said that anyone wanting to donate money to Scott’s
medical expenses can make a check out to the Winners Foundation and
specify that it go to help Scott. The Winners Foundation can be
contacted at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, Calif. 91007, or through
its phone number, 626-574-6498, or website, www.winnersfoundation.org.