Brian Elmore, longtime member of the Centaur Gaming team that oversees operations at both Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, is the recipient of the 2016 Eddie Arcaro Award given annually by the Jockeys' Guild at their annual assembly held Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Hollywood, Fla. Elmore will be honored along with five other individuals who contribute to the betterment of racing.
“I am very humbled to be chosen for this award,” said Elmore, vice president of racing for Centaur Gaming who has announced his retirement to go into effect at the end of February. “I truly believe this honor is a reflection of the efforts of our company and so many others in the state of Indiana who have worked diligently to ensure the best is provided for our participants. The greatest thing is when people come together in an effort to accomplish great things.”
The Eddie Arcaro Award honors the legacy of the two-time Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame jockey, who was also instrumental in establishing the Jockeys' Guild. The award, presented annual, is presented to a person or group that consistently shows exceptional commitment to the jockeys and the organization.
“Brian always puts safety first and takes that into consideration before he does anything,” said Rodney Prescott, local Guild representative and a member of the Jockeys' Guild Central Region Senate. “He has been involved in racing a long time, and was even a trainer, so he understands the business and knows what needs to be done. His effort behind 'Jockeys 'N Jeans' at Indiana Grand last year was phenomenal and they raised a lot of money for PDJF (Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund).”
Elmore spearheaded the second annual “Jockeys 'N Jeans,” which raised more than $200,000 for PDJF. It is the single largest fundraiser ever held for the organization. In addition to his efforts with that event, Elmore is visible on a daily basis in the jockey's quarters and the jockeys know they can count on his support when they need it most.
“He is always there for the jockeys and even I was put into an ambulance one time and Brian was standing right there calling my wife to let her know what was going on,” said Prescott. “Anytime someone is injured he makes sure they are cared for and even visits the hospital. He even does follow up visits. All of the jockeys appreciate and respect that about Brian. We are going to miss him.”
Elmore, a native of Sullivan, Ind., has been involved in horse racing for more than four decades. He was instrumental in the opening of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the mid 1990s and has continued his dedication to racing in the state. He was also a main component of creating the backdrop for the current racing program at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, establishing both properties as award-winning racing destinations.
Prior to joining Centaur Gaming, Elmore served as vice president and general manager of Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky and Bandera Downs in Bandera, Texas. Elmore also served as a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Association.
“I've known Brian a long time and he is a horseman through and through,” said Mike Manganello, former Kentucky Derby winning jockey. “He always puts the concerns of the jockeys ahead of anything else and even does a lot of personal things to help out. I can't think of anyone that deserves this award more than Brian, and I'm very happy to see him honored for his work in this business.”
Other awards presented during the annual Jockeys' Guild Awards Banquet include the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award, the Jacky Martin Award, the Most Improved Rider for 2015, The Comeback Rider of the Year, and the Courage Award, which will be presented to Ron Turcotte, Hall of Fame jockey and winner of the Triple Crown aboard the great Secretariat.
“To share this award on the same day as one of my idols is unimaginable,” said Elmore. “I have always admired Ron (Turcotte) and being honored during the same event as he is makes this even more special to me.”
Past winners of the Eddie Arcaro Award include Dave Hicks (2012), longtime steward and noted for creating an apprentice program, Nancy and Jerry LaSala (2013) of PDJF, Nancy C. Kelly (2014) vice president of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation and Executive Director of the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, and Corey S. Johnsen (2015) president of Kentucky Downs and JockeyTalk360.
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