JOCKEY CLUB NOTES
OXLEY PAIR'S ROAD TO THE DERBY TO BENEFIT EQUINE RESEARCH
John C. Oxley, owner of Kentucky Derby candidates Monarchos and Hero's Tribute, has announced that grade 1 victories by either horse will benefit equine research. Beginning with Monarchos' authoritative victory in the Florida Derby, Oxley has pledged one per-cent of grade 1 winning purses to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
The pledge will carry through the grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Hero's Tribute is being trained to prep for the Derby in the grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on April 14. That same day, Monarchos is scheduled to run in the Wood Memorial, a grade 2 event.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is the leading private source of funding for research to enhance the health and safety of horses. In the last two decades, the Foundation has contributed $9 million to more than two dozen universities to underwrite more than 160 specific projects. Benefits to the horse industry from past Grayson-Jockey Club sponsored research include development of vaccines against virus abortion, equine influenza, and equine viral arteritis; significant understanding of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM); and ongoing improvements in protecting soundness, fertility, etc.
"My wife Debby and I realize how fortunate we are to have two Derby contenders at the moment, so we are pleased to direct a share of that good fortune for the benefit of all horses," said Oxley.
"This is a very generous pledge, which underscores Thoroughbred owners' concern for the welfare of horses," said Foundation president Edward L. Bowen. "We were fortunate enough to benefit from a similar pledge from the owners of 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, and we wish the Oxleys continued success as well."
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