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Five of the country's most renowned jockeys - Javier Castellano, John
Velazquez, Joel Rosario, Edgar Prado and Joe Bravo - will return to
Gulfstream Park Monday, July 1 to celebrate the opening-day program of
the summer meet.
The five jockeys will ride during the program and will also greet
fans and sign autographs and memorabilia. Gulfstream will present the
riders with a $20,000 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Castellano is the two-time defending Gulfstream champion, while
Velazquez and Prado have both won two riding titles at the Hallandale
Beach track. Velazquez rode Orb to victory this winter in the $1 million
Besilu Stables Florida Derby while Prado has won the Florida Derby
three times, most notably aboard Barbaro in 2006. Both Velazquez and
Prado are members of the Hall of Fame.
Rosario finished second in the riding standings this winter and
rode Orb to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Bravo is one of Gulfstream's
most popular riders and has been a perennial leading rider in Florida
and New Jersey.
"Not only are these five of the top riders in our sport, but they
are leaders in raising awareness and financial assistance to the
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund," said Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo.
"We're honored to continue our partnership with these great athletes.
We're excited about having them here on what will be a memorable
afternoon at Gulfstream."