Los Alamitos Outrider Wins 2015 White Horse Award

Outrider Eric Najduch will be honored at a luncheon in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 29.

Press release

This year's RTCA White Horse Award luncheon will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 29.

Eric Najduch, an outrider at Los Alamitos Racecourse, will be presented with the 2015 White Horse Award at this year’s Race Track Chaplaincy of America’s White Horse luncheon, which will be held at the Campbell House in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 29.

At Los Alamitos on November 2, 2014, Najduch jumped into one of the infield ponds at the track and saved Walk the Dog, a 2-year-old Quarter Horse who was one of two horses that broke through the starting gate before the start of a 330-yard race that night. The filly Feel Wanted was captured by the outrider after a brief chase, but Walk the Dog proved to be much more elusive, running onto the infield and into one of the ponds.

Walk The Dog swam for several minutes until he was exhausted and in danger of drowning.

The annual luncheon provides an opportunity to highlight the ministry of RTCA and recognize heroism, service, and sacrifice on behalf of humans and horses within the horse racing world, according to the RTCA. In addition to honoring this year’s award recipients, the event will feature a live and silent auction as well as music by the inspirational country duo Branded.

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