'Walk for Anne' benefits injured jockey

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

PHOENIX -- Horse racing fans and the community came together Saturday at the Turf Paradise racetrack to benefit an injured jockey.

The racetrack held a Walk for Anne during Fan Appreciation Day for Anne Von Rosen, a rider who was paralyzed from the waist down after her horse stumbled during a cool down and landed on top of her last month. Participants were asked to make a donation.

Fans walked the track with jockeys for 400 yards, the distance of Von Rosen’s last ride.

"Anne’s a good friend of ours," Vicki Worrdyard said. "Wonderful person, very strong person, and she will walk again."

Other attendees wanted to help Von Rosen as well.

"Anne herself has said that anytime she mounted a horse she knew there was some danger involved," said Dennis Miller, a racehorse owner, "and she accepted that because it’s the job that she loved and she did well."

Von Rosen has undergone several surgeries to repair injuries to her spinal cord, and she is currently in physical therapy.

There will be a silent and live horsemen’s auction Wednesday at the Turf Paradise Park Pavilion Tent to benefit Von Rosen, along with a bake sale and dinner. Among the items to be auctioned are the satchel and leggings of Red Pollard, the jockey for Seabiscuit.