White Horse Award to Michael Priddy

White Horse Award to be given posthumously to Remington Park worker.

September 12, 2012

The Race Track Chaplaincy Association's 2012 White Horse Award presented by Harris Farms will honor the late Michael Priddy, a Remington Park maintenance worker who died of injuries after a horse crashed the starting gate on March 4th of this year.

Piddy’s wife and 9-year-old daughter, Cheri and Elizabeth Priddy, will accept the award during the 10th annual award luncheon on Thursday, November 1, at 10:30 AM at Santa Anita Park, held in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

“Remington Park officials say Priddy was about 300 yards behind the starting gate when one of the horses from Race 4 bolted from the starting gate and ran toward the track gate that leads to the barn area. According to officials, Priddy had just closed that gate and was trying to prevent the horse from escaping from the track. Priddy was hit by the gate as the horse crashed through it.  He was transported to OU Health Sciences Center and died several hours after the accident from internal injuries.” 

Also being honored are Santa Anita hero John Shear, racetrack chaplaincy co-founder Israel “Izzy” Vega, and the late Norma Stone (wife of equine artist Fred Stone).

California-native and Team Valor president Barry Irwin will be the featured speaker.  Team Valor campaigns 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner and Eclipse Award champion Animal Kingdom.  And California-based jockey Chantal Sutherland will welcome luncheon guests on behalf of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Tickets for the luncheon $125 (Table of 10 is $1,100), and are available at info@rtcanational.org.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the self-described “unofficial end and culmination of the Thoroughbred-racing season.” And the chaplaincy luncheon has been a staple of the Breeders’ Cup weekend, according to John Harris of Harris Farms in Coalinga, California, the award’s presenting sponsor.