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Arlington Riders to Hold Autograph Session To Raise Funds to Help Douglas

| Churchill Downs Communications | 06/05/2009 #

Members of the Arlington Park jockey colony will make themselves available in the Paddock area Saturday to sign autographs for fans while raising money for their injured colleague Rene Douglas who remains hospitalized at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago following a May 23 racing accident.

From 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Arlington riders will be stationed in the Paddock area to meet and greet fans, sign photos and/or memorabilia in exchange for a donation to a fund established by Douglas's family and friends. Arlington Park will match donations collected Saturday up to $5,000.

Fans unable to attend the races at Arlington Park on Saturday may still make donations to the Douglas fund by sending checks made payable to Rene Douglas in care of Citibank, 539 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

In addition, throughout the card on Saturday, the jockeys will be wearing a patch on their boots in honor of Douglas. They will also wear a second patch and gather in the Arlington Park winner's circle at approximately 3:15 p.m. Central time in honor of the Permanent Disabled Riders Fund as riders at racetracks across the U.S. and Canada will take part in a unified show of support for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).