NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Jerry Bailey will visit Winners Connecticut OTB on Saturday, February 16 as the star of the "Legends of Racing" Series.
The "Legends of Racing" Series presented by Winners will provide Connecticut's horse racing fans with two opportunities to meet some of the industry's most celebrated personalities – Jerry Bailey and Richard Migliore – and to hear firsthand about their storied careers. New York Racing Association (NYRA) Analyst Maggie Wolfendale will moderate the events, adding her unique take on the world of thoroughbred horse racing.
The series will kick off at Winners Sports Haven at 600 Long Wharf Drive in New Haven. Doors open early at 10:30 AM and the event will start promptly at 11:00 AM. Coffee and donuts will be served, while supplies last. The Legends Series will move to Winners Bradley at 11 Schoephoester Road in Windsor Locks starting at 6:00 PM.
Fans attending either of these two unique events will receive a souvenir photograph of Jerry Bailey, Richard Migliore and Maggie Wolfendale and autograph sessions will follow each event.
Ted Taylor, Managing Director of the Connecticut business said "It's great to be able to offer our Connecticut fans the opportunity to meet these world famous racing industry personalities. I'm sure they will be warmly welcomed by our Winners Connecticut OTB racing fans."
"I am looking forward to visiting the Winners venues, seeing my old friend Richard Migliore and meeting Connecticut's racing fans," said Bailey, widely regarded as one of the premier jockeys ever to ride. Bailey is a two-time Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner. He also has amassed an incredible record 15 wins in Breeders' Cup races, including five Classics.
Winners Legends of Racing Series is open to customers age 18 and over. For more information please visit MyWinners.com or call (203) 946-3214.
Winners is a service of Sportech Venues, Inc., a subsidiary of Sportech Plc (LSE: SPO). Winners is Connecticut's exclusive home for wagering on horse racing, greyhound racing and jai-alai, with a network of 15 off-track and sports bar wagering venues and an account wagering service that offers telephone wagering. In 2013, Winners will launch an Internet wagering service to allow Connecticut residents ages 18 and over to wager over the Internet on horse racing. Sportech holds the exclusive license to conduct off-track pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, greyhound racing and jai alai in the State of Connecticut. A portion of every dollar wagered at Winners contributes to the Connecticut General Fund, to local municipal tax funds and to funds for responsible gaming. For more information about Winners, please visit www.mywinners.com.
About Jerry Bailey
Highlights in Jerry Bailey's illustrious career include winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes twice each. He has won an amassing 15 Breeders' Cup races, including 5 Breeders' Cup Classics. He has received the Eclipse Award as the nation's top jockey an astounding seven times, last doing so in 2003. Perhaps Bailey is best remembered among non-racing circles as the regular jockey of Cigar, who tied the record for consecutive wins at 16, including an undefeated Horse of the Year season in 1995 which included the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park. At the time of his retirement his career earnings of more than $296 million, which ranks second all time only to Pat Day.
Jerry collaborated with Tom Pedulla, a sportswriter for USA Today, to produce the book "Against The Odds: Riding for My Life", where Bailey chronicles his gripping journey to conquer alcoholism. As president of the Jockeys' Guild from 1989 to 1996, Bailey was the driving force for improved health and safety standards in racing. He championed the use of "flak jackets" that offer riders some protection in the event of a fall, and won modest improvements in health, accident, and life insurance for jockeys.
Bailey was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 1995. Since his racing days he has become a national spokes person for the Breeders' Cup, the Daily Racing Form and the New York Racing Association. He also does commentary work for ABC, ESPN and NBC.
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