Over 300 horsemen generated in excess of $28,000 while packing the Corner Stable Columbia Thursday, Oct 17 for special event for injured exercise rider Jose Villegas. The entire proceeds from the event, which was hosted by Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund in conjunction with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, are destined for a special fund established for the injured exercise rider’s recovery.
“It was remarkable and heartwarming to see the incredible turnout of members of the racing community who wanted to help one of their own,” commented MHAF Executive Director Bobby Lillis. “Jose is a special person who was humbled by the support shown.”
Villegas, a 43-year-old father of three from Hampstead, was recently seriously injured during a morning training session at Laurel Park. He was able to make a brief appearance at the event with his family by his side to thank supporters. Afterwards, he returned to Kernan Hospital in Baltimore County to continue his rehabilitation.
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