PTHA raising funds for family of late jockey Jose Flores

Posted: March 24, 2018

The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has launched a fundraising effort to support the family of jockey Jose Flores, who suffered severe injuries in a March 19 spill at Parx Racing and was taken off life support a few days later.

Flores is survived by his wife, former jockey Joanne McDaid-Flores; a seven-year-old son, Julien; and two older sons, Junior and Juan. A member of the Parx Hall of Fame, Flores, 57, won more than 4,600 races, and his mounts earned more than $64 million.

“The outpouring of support for Jose and his family has been tremendous, and many, many horsemen and fans have expressed an interest in donating to support the Flores family during this difficult time as well as into the future,” the PTHA said.

The horsemen’s organization has set up the PTHA’s Flores Family Fund in order to gather the many generous donations that are pouring in for Joanne and Julien, for the benefit of his maintenance, healthcare and education. There are several ways to contribute:

Send a check or money order to the PTHA. In this way, no fees will be taken out of your donation and all monies will be given directly to Joanne and Julien Flores. Donations may be sent to the PTHA’s Flores Family Fund, c/o PTHA, P.O. Box 300, Bensalem, PA, 19020. The PTHA also set up a GoFundMe page for those who wish to donate online.

In addition, the PTHA and Parx Racing will hold their annual Horsemen’s Awards banquet the evening of March 28. In addition to the Turning for Home basket auction, which was already established, there will be several items and baskets available for silent auction and raffle, with all proceeds benefitting The PTHA’s Flores Family Fund.

The PTHA is looking for basket and silent auction donations. Please contact Danielle Montgomery at Turning for Home as soon as possible if you would like to assist (215-808-7562).

(Photo courtesy of PTHA)