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HORSES RACE FOR CHARITY IN SATURDAY'S BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BELMONT PARK
Thoroughbred Owners, Trainers and Jockeys to Contribute Purse Earnings to NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund
An international contingent of Thoroughbred horse owners will be contributing all or a portion of their purse earnings from Saturday's $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today. Jockeys and trainers also will be donating a portion of their purse earnings from the eight-race event to the Heroes Fund, which benefits the families of the rescue workers and victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. To date, the fund has raised more than $2.5 million toward its goal of $3 million.
"Members of the Thoroughbred racing community have generously supported the Heroes Fund in a number of ways," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited. "These pledges of Breeders' Cup winnings will complement those efforts and, we hope, substantially increase the fund."
Owners who have pledged earnings include Godolphin Stable, whose runners are Sakhee, entered in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Fantastic Light, a favorite for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, and Noverre and Express Tour, both in the Breeders' Cup Mile. John and Susan Magnier of Ireland's Coolmore Stud, and their British partner Michael Tabor, have promised a portion of any Cup winnings from their horses, including Galileo (IRE), who will compete in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Other participating owners include Overbrook Farm, The Thoroughbred Corp., John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery, Satish and Anne Sanan (Padua Stables), Eugene and Laura Melnyk, Tracy Farmer, John and Debby Oxley, Hal J. Earnhardt, Joseph Graffeo and Sam-Son Farm.
Jockeys riding for charity include Pat Day, the all-time leading rider in the World Thoroughbred Championships with $20,412,760 in purses, as well as Coolmore's rider, Michael Kinane, Alex Solis, Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens and Jose Santos.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has pledged a portion of his winnings with Coolmore horses in the World Thoroughbred Championships. Trainers Todd Pletcher, Nick Zito and Jay Robbins have also made pledges.
Separately, the Centaur Farms of Vernon H. Heath has pledged a portion if its potential earnings from Exogenous, entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, to the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Fund. Juddmonte Farms will contribute part of its Championship earnings to the Red Cross as well. Jockey Jerry Bailey has pledged five percent of his Championships earnings to the Garden City Family Relief Fund and the Floral Park Family Relief Fund supporting local communities around Belmont Park that were affected by the events of Sept. 11.
The NTRA, Breeders' Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association, which host the 2001 Breeders' Cup, have dedicated the Championships to the citizens of New York and to families affected by the events of Sept. 11. NTRA and NYRA also will contribute a portion of each paid admission and a percentage of all revenue from the World Thoroughbred Championships, as well as proceeds from several charity auctions, to the Heroes Fund.
The charity auction sites include the Oct. 24 National Turf Writers Dinner, the post-race reception at the Breeders' Cup Marquee at Belmont on Oct. 27 and at the Breeders' Cup hospitality site at The Plaza Hotel in New York, as well as a special live auction to be conducted by the Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction house in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 10.
In addition to racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys, racing organizations, racetracks and individual contributors have donated to the Heroes Fund or to other types of relief agencies and programs. To date, contributions from the national and international Thoroughbred racing community to the Heroes Fund and other Sept. 11-related charities total more than $10 million. A complete list of contributors appears at www.racingresponds.com. NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) subsidiary of the NTRA. All contributions to NTRA Charities are tax deductible.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, both of which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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