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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Composer Marvin Hamlisch and Broadway actress Betty Buckley will be the featured entertainers at the Breeders' Cup Gala, scheduled for Friday, November 3, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky, it was announced today by D.G. Van Clief, Jr., the president of Breeders' Cup Ltd.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Muhammad Ali Center and NTRA Charities.

In the course of a prolific career, the multi-talented Hamlisch has won three Oscars, four Grammys, three Emmys, three Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award. His groundbreaking show A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer Prize.

He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores, including The Way We Were, The Sting, Sophie's Choice, Ordinary People, Bananas and Three Men and a Baby, among others. Among Broadway shows, he composed They're Playing Our Song and The Goodbye Girl.

Hamlisch was also the musical director and arranger of Barbara Streisand's 1994 concert tour. He is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and recently assumed the same position with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the first time anyone has held that position.

Buckley, also a Tony Award winner, has appeared in Broadway musicals such as Cats, 1776, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Pippin and Triumph of Love as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. She has appeared in the movies Carrie, Tender Mercies, Frantic and Another Woman and also starred for four seasons, in the role of Abby Bradford, in the hit television series Eight Is Enough.

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation funds equine research; the Muhammad Ali Center promotes tolerance, hope and understanding; and NTRA Charities promotes and enhances charitable endeavors within the Thoroughbred racing industry.

The Gala will be held on the eve of the 17th running of the Breeders' Cup Championship, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The eight Breeders' Cup races will offer a total of $13 million dollars in purses.

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For more information, contact:
Nancy Kelly
The Jockey Club





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