Racing & Wagering

ARLINGTON JOCKEYS VISIT LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TUESDAY, SEPT. 16

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/16/2014 #
  • Jockeys Israel Ocampo, C. H. Marquez,Jr, & Maria Thornton hang out with Nate, 9 at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

Several members of the Arlington International Racecourse jockey colony joined in the effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer and visited children at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Participating jockeys were: Carlos H. Marquez Jr., Maria Thornton, Emmanuel Esquivel, Israel Ocampo and Rolando Aragon. The jockeys brough a variety of gifts for the children including autographed goggles, provided by Perfect Trip, and horseracing-related coloring books among other items.

  • Jockeys Maria Thornton and Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. visit with Christine, 11 at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

  • Jockeys Maria Thornton and Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. visit with Christine, 11 at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

  • Jockey Rolando Aragon and Jorge work on paper masks at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago on 9-16-14

  • Jockeys Eduardo Perez & Rolando Aragon show off their masks with Jorge & Francisco at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hosp.

  • Arlington jockeys pose with staff from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

  • Arlington jockeys arrive at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

In addition, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month all of Arlington's jockeys will sport a patch with the official Childhood Cancer Awareness gold insignia to wear on their pants for the entire month.

"We wanted to get involved to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families," said Jockeys' Guild National Manager Terry Meyocks. "We want to recognize the racetracks for their support and cooperation in helping to facilitate these visits."