Family and friends of jockey Rene Douglas have established a bank account to receive donations for the injured rider and his family, and now a national effort is under way to help Douglas and other injured jockeys.
Douglas has been in the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since he was injured during a May 23 race at Arlington Park. Douglas, a six-time riding champion at Arlington, underwent seven hours of spinal surgery after the accident.
His family and friends have asked that all donations be sent as checks payable to Rene Douglas in care of Citibank, 539 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
On Saturday, riders at racetracks across the United States and Canada will take part in a unified show of support for Douglas and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
Riders at Belmont Park and other racetracks will participate in a moment of tribute and support for Douglas and his fellow injured riders at approximately 3:15 p.m. Central time. All active riders are being asked to contribute one losing mount fee from their Saturday earnings to Douglas.
New York Racing Association president and CEO Charles Hayward will make a $5,000 contribution to Triple Crown winning jockey Ron Turcotte and other riders on behalf of the PDJF during the special winner's circle ceremony at Belmont.
In 1996, Douglas won the Belmont Stakes aboard Editor's Note and during last year's Belmont Stakes program he guided Dancing Forever to victory in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap.
Donations to the PDJF may be made to P.O. Box 803, Elmhurst, IL 60126.
In addition, Stretch Run Sporting Club and Grille OTB in Chicago also will host a fundraiser for Douglas June 26-28 at its downtown facilities. They will set up boxes to "Make a Wager for Rene" and fans can drop winning tickets, vouchers and cash.
Fans and friends may also send well cards to Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611 in care of Rene Douglas, room 953.