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|Contact: Nancy Kelly (212-521-5305)
BOX SEATS FOR BELMONT STAKES HIGHLIGHT BELMONT BALL AUCTION
Seats for the June 8 Belmont Stakes have been sold out since just after War Emblem won the Preakness but a clubhouse box with six seats on the finish line will be auctioned off to the highest bidder when the New York Racing Association hosts the annual Belmont Ball Thursday, June 6 at Belmont Park.
The ball will feature a live auction with eight other items and proceeds from the event will benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the leading private source of equine research funding in the United States.
The box seats were donated by Helen K. Groves.
Among the other items are a VIP golf package for three at the famed Secession, in Beaufort, South Carolina; a luxurious four-night stay in Key West; an oil painting of War Emblem; a catered dinner party for four; and several individual bottles of exquisite wine.
The Saratoga Springs-based auctioneer Jeff Minton will handle the auctioning duties.
"We're deeply grateful not only to the New York Racing Association but also to each of the individuals and companies who donated items for our auction," said Nancy Kelly, the vice president of development for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. "The money we raise Thursday will allow us to fund additional studies on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) and other equally important equine research projects in the months and years ahead."
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation currently is funding 23 projects for more than $800,000 and over the last two decades has supported 180 projects at 31 universities for a total of more than $9.5 million.
The scope of maladies ranges from various infectious diseases and laminitis to an array of soundness issues. One of the projects underway seeks to develop a means of alerting horsemen to impending bone or joint injury through analysis of serum markers.
Several projects also utilize cutting-edge technology, such as the use of adult stem cells to aid cartilage regeneration.
Additional information about the Belmont Ball and the auction may be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly or Jenifer Van Deinse at (212) 521-5305 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
# 1 -- STRICTLY GOLF
Enjoy a "pure golf experience" at the nationally famous links course, Secession, in Beaufort, South Carolina. This fabulous package cannot be beat! You and two of your golf buddies will be guests of Joe Cornacchia for a total golf outing. Round-trip transportation will be provided from Palm Beach, Florida on Joe's private plane, overnight accommodations for three at the Club, 2 rounds of golf, and dinner at the legendary Steamers Restaurant. All you need to do is bring your clubs!
#2 -- FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
Enjoy an intimate dinner party for four in the privacy of your own home/office catered by renowned Glorious Food; cocktail reception and dinner to include food and staff -- liquor not included and party must take place in Manhattan.
Wine to go with your Glorious Dinner SOLD IN LOTS OF 2 EACH
#3 -- PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE CARNEROS ESTATE, CARNEROS
An intensely fragrant, elegant expression of the varietal, with powerful, classic Carneros aromas of blackberry and spice offset by notes of toast and vanilla, full on the palate, with superb balance of lushness and acidity set in a structure marked by supple tannins and a silky texture.
#4 -- ZINFANDEL, OLD VINES, ST. FRANCIS, SONOMA COUNTY
Ripe cherry, raspberry and plum flavors and aromas lead into this wine's densely fruity palate, followed by distinct notes of smoke, toast, rose petals and chocolate set in a voluptuous texture.
#5 -- MERLOT, ST. FRANCIS, SONOMA COUNTY
This full, intense expression of Merlot is marked by rich, plummy black cherry flavors with spice, mocha and vanilla notes confirmed on the ripe, lush palate which is supported by jammy, velvety tannins.
#6 -- "WAR EMBLEM" OIL PAINTING
An original oil painting of the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion. This framed oil on panel measures 24" x 30" and the image, measuring 18" x 24", portrays War Emblem capturing the 2002 Kentucky Derby with Victor Espinoza in the irons.
#7 -- TRIP TO KEY WEST
Enjoy a four-night stay at The Gardens, one of Key West's most luxurious and romantic hotels, located in historic Old Town. The hotel is enclosed amidst the exotic, celebrated tropical botanical gardens, and all rooms offer a magnificent view, minibar, coffeemaker, and Aveda toiletries. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the Garden room solarium or alfresco on the porch. A shining jewel in paradise, not to be passed up.
#8 -- "COLT'S FROLIC" BRONZE
This youth has not lost its innocence yet! Limited edition, finely-sculpted bronze, Colt's Frolic measures 22 ½" x 24" x 13". The sculpture is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity and title of ownership.
#9 -- BOX SEATS FOR THE 2002 BELMONT
Be there as War Emblem attempts to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history on Saturday, June 8th for the 134th running of the Belmont Stakes. Six seats in Box A-29, first row, on the finish line, are available through the generosity of Mrs. Helen K. Groves.
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