Former BCTC-NARA student Chad Lindsay to compete at Chantilly Racecourse, France
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2016) Apprentice jockey Chad Lindsay, has been selected to represent the United States in the 2016 Longines Future Racing Stars International Apprentice Jockey Challenge Race Sunday, June 19. Lindsay, who is currently riding at Santa Anita Park, will join 10 of the world's most talented young jockeys in this international race on one of Frances most prestigious race days - when the Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks) is to be run.
The invited apprentice jockeys will come from 10 different nations, including: Australia, South Africa, United States, Japan, Turkey, Morocco, England, Ireland, Germany and France and will meet for the first time on the racecourse in front of an audience of 40,000 spectators. They will be hoping to gain victory and bring home the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars trophy.
All competing apprentice jockeys have trained in the world's top racing schools, are under the age of 25 and have between three and 35 total career wins. Lindsay, who is currently enjoying a seven (7) pound apprentice weight allowance, rides regularly at Santa Anita Park in California and has accumulated 17 wins, 14 seconds and 12 thirds from 129 total mounts in his budding career. His horses have earned $238,614 in purse earnings.
Lindsay trained at the North American Racing Academy (NARA), a renowned racing and breeding industry workforce training program based at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington, Ky. NARA Executive Director Remi Bellocq will accompany Lindsay as his coach and NARA representative.
The objective of this race is to promote future rising stars and for them to demonstrate their savoir faire in flat racing to a worldwide audience. The 1800m (1-1/8 miles) flat race is worth 20,000 euros and the lucky winning rider gets a luxury Longines watch and a brand new custom-made set of racing gear.
This will be the 167th edition of an event the world renowned Prix de Diane Longines that marks one of the premiere and most star-studded days of racing on the European racing calendar. Celebrities who regularly attend include Bo Derek, Oscar winner Kate Winslet, Simon Baker of The Mentalist and tennis legend Andre Agassi to name a few.
"We're incredibly honored and excited to again have been invited by Longines and France-Galop to participate in this amazing race," said Bellocq. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime for Chad to experience a type of racing he's never seen before."
Originally launched by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, NARA is now part of BCTC and remains the most successful accredited career and training program offering one-year certificates and two-year associates degrees in support of the horse racing and breeding industries.
For more information about BCTC-NARA, please go to: http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/NARA.aspx
Bluegrass Community & Technical College offers accredited certificate, diploma and degree opportunities designed to improve employment opportunities and maximize success in education and training. For more information about the college and its programs, go to http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/.