No talking books today -- the King & I leave for Baltimore tomorrow morning, and I've been busy packing. This takes awhile, as it's unclear to me what sort of hat is appropriate for the Preakness. Generally, I would just wear the Quinella Crown, but for some reason, the King is prohibiting all sparkly stuff.
Still, I know what I want to be sporting on my wrist: a "golden" Preakness 131 wristband. Even if people mistake it for one of those yellow Lance Armstrong wristbands, I'll feel good about it since proceeds from my purchase will go to the newly formed Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The fund will be managed by representatives from a number of racing associations, National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Jockeys' Guild. Thoroughbred Times quotes John Velazquez, Jockeys' Guild chairman:
"It was very important for the Jockeys' Guild to be united with the industry for this great cause," Velazquez said. "A lot of these guys get hurt when they're young -- in their 20s and 30s -- —and they don't have a safety net. It's more than just taking care of jockeys; it's about their families too."Magna is promoting the fund heavily on its website, which includes and FAQ about the fund. The wristbands will be on sale at the Preakness; folks who won't be at Pimlico can order them by mail from NTRA Charities.
Here's hoping the wristbands accessorize well with my favorite cap, as it looks like that's all that will fit in the suitcase.