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FASIG-TIPTON TO AUCTION STALLION SEASONS, EQUINE ART AND SPORTS PACKAGES FOR BENEFIT OF NTRA CHARITIES - NEW YORK HEROES FUND
Nov. 9 Sale to Be Held at Company's Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that stallion seasons to Point Given, Artax, Unbridled's Song and Free House, as well as equine art and packages for major sporting events in 2002 will be auctioned by Fasig-Tipton on Friday, Nov. 9, to benefit the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund. The Heroes benefit auction, featuring a cocktail reception at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, Inc. dining room, is part of the Stallion Access sale that begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The sale of items to benefit the Heroes Fund is expected to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. (ET).
The NTRA, Breeders' Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association established the Heroes Fund to benefit the families of the rescue workers and victims who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Members of the international horseracing community have contributed more than $5 million to the fund, including approximately $2.5 million raised last Saturday through pledges of purse earnings from owners, trainers and jockeys in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
"Members of the Thoroughbred community have given generously to the Heroes Fund," said Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief, Jr., "and we hope that they will continue to support this cause by participating in the Fasig-Tipton auction."
Individuals wishing to bid by telephone should contact Fasig-Tipton at (859) 255-1555 by noon on Friday, Nov. 9. Detailed descriptions of each auction item will be posted on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com.
The 2002 stallion seasons are for Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given, champion sprinter Artax, Pacific Classic and Santa Anita Handicap winner Free House, and Unbridled's Song, sire of 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Unbridled Elaine.
Artworks to be auctioned include two 30-by-36 inch oil paintings by equine artist John Berry, one depicting a gray Thoroughbred in a classic interior pose and the other, a Thoroughbred in a pasture at evening; "Study of a Jockey - Longchamp," also by John Berry; and a pencil drawing of leading sire Storm Cat by artist Thomas Allen Pauly. Also to be auctioned are special autographed Preakness Stakes reproduction saddlecloths bearing a New York Heroes Fund motif and the names of Point Given, Monarchos and A P Valentine.
Sports packages include a VIP ticket package for four to the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, including roundtrip airfare, ground transportation and hotel accommodations for three nights; a 2002 Triple Crown package for two, including airfare, hotel, VIP seating, parking and programs; two tickets and accommodations for three nights in Atlanta for the 2002 Final Four; a six-seat, courtside box for the 2002 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., including parking and lunch at Aces Restaurant; and "Race Like the Pros," a chance to get behind the wheel of a Winston Cup-style stock car for three eight-lap sessions at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., with roundtrip airfare for two, deluxe hotel accommodations for two nights, ground transportation and $500 in spending money also included.
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