Poker for a Cause

Leg Up Flier

If you enjoy playing poker, horse racing and want to help make a difference, then Monday night’s Leg-Up Fund charity poker tournament at Canterbury Park is right up your alley!

The Leg-Up fund was founded with cooperation between Canterbury Park, the jockey colony and the various horsemen’s groups in order to raise money to help injured jockeys here at Canterbury. While the potential need is always hovering in our sport, the reality struck close to home last week when jockey Hugo Sanchez was unseated at the beginning of the last race Sunday and broke his leg. Surgery was necessary and he will be out of work for months.

Jockeys are independent contractors and when they don’t work, they don’t get paid. Like everyone, jockeys have families to care for and bills to pay and Leg-Up Fund is there to give them a hand in their times of need.

But it can’t without your help.

While June 26 is Leg-Up Day at Canterbury with all kinds of fund raising events taking place, the poker tournament on Monday will kick off the week. The $100 fee includes your donation, buffet dinner and tournament buy-in.

Additionally, I would ask the Club if you all are comfortable with us donating $100 of our balance (about $30,000) I will go ahead and do that next weekend on Leg-Up Day. Please vote below when you have a chance over the next week.

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Chris McCarron Headlines Local Fundraiser

The next few weeks will be pretty quiet on the Kipper Key front. Clay is in the process of moving the barn from Oaklawn to here and will start shipping in the next few days.

Until then, however, there is a major event here at the track that we all can play a part. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will be here on Tuesday evening, April 26 and will host a casino night in the Triple Crown Club (3rd floor) benefitting the Leg Up Fund.

The Leg Up Fund was founded right here at Canterbury to provide a bit of a safety net for our local riders. Jockeys are independent contractors and if they are injured on the job and are out of work, they are not earning a dime. Expenses can mount and the hardship can get extraordinary. The Leg Up Fund was founded to help members of our local colony who gets hurt riding and needs a some help.

There are two ways to participate. You can be a part of the MVP Event for $100 which includes an open bar, 6,000 in chips, appetizers and a meet and greet with Chris McCarron. And from 7 – 9:30 the main event runs with dinner, soda, cash bar and 3,000 in chips. These tickets go for $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Some of the prizes available include: golf the next day with McCarron at Hazeltine; a Twins game the evening of the 27th with McCarron; a day at the races in the Owner’s Box; Ryder Cup tickets and much more.

You can call 952-445-7224 to purchase tickets.

It is a superb cause that stays local. We hope to see you there!