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Jacky Martin Updates

Funding needed to help Jacky Martin.

February 21, 2012

Jacky Martin

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is hosting a Jacky Martin Fundraiser now through Sunday, February 26. The fundraiser will help support the track's efforts in assisting the legendary rider with his rehabilitation progress.

Fans are asked to place a wager or any type of donation for Martin in the barrels located throughout the facility. A special Quarter Horse feature race (4th race) will be named in Martin’s honor on Sunday. Wagers placed for Martin’s cause can be any denomination from any racetrack.

Long considered one of Quarter Horse racing’s greatest riders, Martin was seriously injured in a spill at Ruidoso Downs on September 2.

Martin’s extensive rehabilitation has been extremely costly. Monetary donations can be sent directly to: Jacky Martin – Tracy Martin Special Account, Ft. Gibson State Bank, P.O. Box 130, Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma 74434. Contact: Susan Chapman at (918) 478-2437.

In related news, additional options are being sought to aid paralyzed jockey Jacky Martin after unsuccessful surgery attempting to restore his ability to breathe without a ventilator on February 16.

“We need to move forward and find additional medical options for Jacky after this latest surgery was unsuccessful. We pray that there is someone who can step up and help,” said Darrell Winter, Ruidoso Downs’ chaplain.

After being injured, Martin was immediately transported to the Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso and then was flown to the intensive care unit at University Medical Center of El Paso. He was transferred to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston on September 22 and his rehabilitation started at the The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) at Memorial Herman. Martin’s latest surgery was at Memorial Herman Hospital and he is expected to return to his home near El Paso.

Winter is a member of a three-person advisory committee distributing tax-free funds from the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chaplaincy benevolence fund. The benevolence fund has a longstanding mission of helping people in need, such as Martin. Also on the advisory committee are leading owner, 2009 AQHA president and 2011 John W. Galbraith award winner Jim Helzer and Ruidoso Downs’ vice president Bruce Rimbo.

Helzer is reaching out for any options to help Martin and encourages any ideas.

“At this juncture, all of the insurance money has been totally exhausted, as well as most of the monies raised from various benefits,” Helzer said in a statement on Monday. “He (Jacky) is not eligible for Medicare until later this year, which is not much help.

“I believe that there must be somebody in this world who would be willing to perform some type of surgery on Jacky that would improve his quality of life without it costing an unaffordable amount of money. Based on all research that his wife (Tracey) has done, there are procedures out there that can be tried, but all require prepayment in significant amounts of money that are just not there.

"I always thought in America you would always receive the best possible medical care regardless of your ability to pay. Not so.”

Martin is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame and the record seven-time winner of the All American Futurity.

Call the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chaplaincy at (575) 378-7264 to offer assistance.