Jockeys tend bar to benefit their permanently injured comrades

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Breeders’ Cup jockeys join employees behind the bar at Pauly’s Toasted Barrel and it’s all for a good cause.

It’s part of the events leading up to Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup. Jocktails and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund joined forces to raise money for those jockeys who’ve been seriously injured on the track and unable to work again. Jocktails has been working with the PDJF for six-years now.

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“What can we do to these jockeys that provide us entertainment?” That’s the question Jocktails creator, Joey Wagner found himself asking when he started the organization which, over the years, has worked with the NFL, MLB, Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup to raise money for disabled jockeys.

His answer is to bring jockeys, still riding, into area restaurants and bars, invite a lot of people to hang out, and have the jockeys pour of their drinks with a portion of the tips going to the PDJF. At Toasted Barrel, 100% of tips benefit the organization.

Long-time jockey Jon Court has been tending bar for Jocktails for years now. His rapport with guests shows it.

To date, the PDJF has financially served 60 jockeys, who’ve been permanently disabled due to on-track accidents. To learn more about the organization, click here.