|Contact: Graham Ross
Sunday, September 3, 2000
ARLINGTON'S OWN DRIVE FOR DON MACBETH JOCKEY FUND
The goal is to lead all racetracks in contributions to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, and Arlington's own jockey colony and their wives are hosting a dinner and silent auction later this month as their primary focus for that achievement.
With a "Flashback to the 70s" theme - the "Far Out" Silent Auction and the "righteous" sit-down dinner will be held Sunday, September 24 at Arlington Trackside at the northwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road. Cocktails and other drinks will be served at 6 p.m. The "awesome" mixed-grill dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m., and "Seventies-style" attire will be in vogue for the guests.
Tickets are $60, with a table for 10 available for $550, but reservations must be made by September 18.
Three different autographed items of sports memorabilia will headline the silent auction. A tennis racket used by Andre Agassi in his 1999 French Open victory, an Indy 500 racing helmet worn by Juan Montoya during his winning trip in the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year, and an boxing glove worn by popular pugilist Oscar De La Hoya will be available for bidders.
Proceeds from the silent auction and the dinner will go to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund. The Fund was established to provide financial assistance, medical treatment, physical therapy, and other rehabilitative services to riders and their families in need when they are unable to ride due to injury on the track.
Dedicated in the memory of Don MacBeth, a popular reinsman out of Western Canada who lost his life to cancer at the age of 37, the Fund assists Guild and non-Guild members and licensed exercise riders in need. MacBeth rode Chief's Crown to victory in the 1984 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the first race ever contested in Breeders' Cup history.
The Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund was co-founded by comedian Tim Conway, along with Judy and Chris MacCarron in 1987, and since its inception, the Fund has assisted over 1,600 riders from every racetrack in North America.
Locally, Dot and Ray Sibille head a committee that has organized the Arlington Trackside dinner and silent auction. Members of the committee also include Arlington Broadcast Analyst Christine Gabriel, Jim Pehta, Joe Marovich, Mike Campbell, Tina Guidry, Marilyn Ahrens and Jim Carfagno.
"This year our goal is to lead all racing centers nationwide in contributions to the Don MacBeth Memorial Fund," said Dot Sibille. "Last year we finished third in the nation but we plan to improve on that."
In addition to the three banner items, other prizes available at the silent auction include a box of Cuban cigars, an unopened boxed set of Frank Sinatra compact discs, and two nights at a renowned Las Vegas hotel as well as two show tickets.
Other sports memoribilia include an autographed Sports Illustrated commemorating the retirement of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, a baseball autographed by a Hall of Fame New York Yankee, and a raceday in one of Arlington's premier suites.
Also among the auction prizes is a dinner at Washington Gardens, a dinner at Magnum's, a dinner at Benihana and a dinner at Bob Chinn's.
Also contributing toward the Don MacBeth Fund donations were tables set up outside the Arlington jockeys' quarters throughout Labor Day Weekend, with members of the Chicago colony signing items available for purchase such as jockey goggles, jockey cards, T-shirts and caps. Those tables were operated by jockeys' wives.
On Labor Day, an additional table was to be placed in the Park Area of the Arlington Grandstand, with jockeys signing items available for purchase.
"AMERICA'S PICK-3" ALSO AVAILABLE LABOR DAY Racing fans are reminded that "America's Pick-3" - a wager involving three races at three major racing centers - is also available Monday. Specifically, the races include Saratoga's Grade 2 Diana Handicap, Arlington's Grade 3 Arlington Matron, and Del Mar's Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap.
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