Sep 1, 2010 5:49 PM
Opelousas, Louisiana -The Bill Hartack Foundation, named for the Five-time winning Kentucky Derby Jockey Bill Hartack, will honor last year's winning Kentucky Derby Jockey Calvin Borel at their Reception and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 7:00 pm Central Time at the Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Event Center.
Borel, the jockey from nearby St. Martin Parish who rode at the bush tracks and farms throughout South Central Louisiana before starting his pari-mutual career at Delta Downs in 1982. With his down home country boy manner and unbridled enthusiasm for his mounts and his fans, Borel has crossed over to become a true household name in sports after more than a quarter-century in the saddle that has seen him land in the winner's circle almost 5,000 times and rack up purse earnings of more than $125 million dollars. Nominated to and a winner of several horse racing and sports themed awards, Borel stated "this award is special to me as it is based on one of horse racing's highest achievements (winning the Kentucky Derby) and is named for one of the all-time great riders and one of my personal heroes, Bill Hartack.
The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation was established by the Friends of Bill Hartack to honor the memory and lifetime achievements of the five-time Kentucky Derby winning Jockey. The Foundation, through its philanthropic arm, annually contributes to thoroughbred racing industry charities and recognizes the jockey who rides the Kentucky Derby winner each year with The Bill Hartack Memorial Award.
Tickets for the Reception and Award Ceremony are $50.00 per person and include an open bar and buffet from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased thru Evangeline Downs by calling 337 594-3000 or by contacting the Bill Hartack Foundation at 504 293-2647 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org