Thursday, October 27, 2011

Belmont Park Jockeys Donate “Equipony” to St. Mary’s

More than a dozen of New York’s top jockeys gathered in the winner’s circle at Belmont Park Thursday afternoon to donate an Equicizer riding simulator to the St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

Originally designed for jockeys to aid in practice and development of their specialized skills, the Equicizer has since been successfully used to conduct therapeutic exercises for children and adults with disabilities, and is used throughout the country in private homes, rehabilitation facilities and therapy centers.

Joining the jockeys in making the presentation to Jan Mitten, Vice President of Development for St. Mary’s, and Angela Sculti, St. Mary’s Director of Community Relations, were Elizabeth Bracken, Vice President of Simulcasting for The New York Racing Association (NYRA), and Sharon Dominguez, wife of NYRA’s leading jockey, Ramon Dominguez.

Headquartered in Bayside, N.Y., St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children provides intensive rehabilitation, specialized medical care and education for 4,000 children with special needs throughout the New York-metropolitan area.

Photograph of Belmont Park jockeys as they donate a Equicizer riding simulator to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Pictured at left are NYRA Vice President of Simulcasting Elizabeth Bracken, Sharon Dominguez, and Jan Mitten and Angela Sculti of St. Mary’s.