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Angus Lind Book Signing to Benefit Disabled Jockeys Nov. 14
Angus Lind, the beloved Times-Picayune columnist and horseracing aficionado, will sign copies of his new book, Prime Angus, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots during the races on Nov. 14. Lind will donate a portion of the proceeds from every book sold to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Fair Grounds has agreed to match that amount with its own contribution.
“Jockeys are the only athletes that have an ambulance following them as they compete, which says something about the danger they face every day,” said Lind. “I've always wanted to do something for this fund because of my friendship with so many great riders, in particular Corey Lanerie and Robby Albarado. This is my chance to give something back to all the riders that have brought me and my family so much joy over the years.”
Prime Angus ($19.95, published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises) is a collection of Lind’s favorite columns from throughout his storied career with The Times-Picayune. The writer retired in May after 32 years as a newspaperman in New Orleans. One of Lind’s favorite topics was horseracing and his new book has an entire chapter devoted to the sport.
“As a racehorse owner Angus understands the incredible athleticism that is takes to be a jockey, as well as the risks that accompany the profession,” said Fair Grounds Vice President and General Manager of Racing Eric Halstrom. “Raising money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund was an idea we were happy to get behind.”
The book signing will be held in two segments during the Nov. 14 racing program—next to the Gift Shop, adjacent to the paddock, 1:30-2:30 p.m., and on the Fourth Floor Clubhouse level, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Fair Grounds’ 138th Thoroughbred Racing Season opens Friday and continues through March 28. Live racing in November is conducted Fridays to Sundays and Thanksgiving Day. First post on weekends and Thanksgiving Day is 12:30 p.m. First post on weekdays is 1 p.m.
About the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is a collaborative effort of many leaders in the horse racing industry--including racetracks, jockeys and horsemen—that brings much-needed financial assistance to a group of athletes who have given so much to the sport of horse racing. The PDJF is governed by an independent board comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry. The PDJF is committed to working with both industry and medical research groups to improve the safety of both the human and equine athlete as well as medical research projects dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries. To learn more or to make a contribution online visit www.pdjf.org.