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Barbaro charities raise more than $230,000

May 14, 2007

Up to Kentucky Derby day on May 5, more than $230,000 had been raised in support of the NTRA Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund. Racetracks and other organisations will be holding additional fundraising initiatives throughout the Triple Crown.

Most of the money has come from the sales of blue "Riding With Barbaro" wristbands at racetracks around the country. Only 30,000 wristbands remain from an initial order of 100,000 placed by the NTRA.

In addition to wristband sales, key contributions and support have come from the Triple Crown racetracks (Churchill Downs, Pimlico Racecourse, and Belmont Park) and NTRA-member racetracks throughout North America. Other contributors include NTRA Purchasing Partners Dodge, Hallway Feeds, John Deere, Sherwin Williams, Office Max, and UPS; as well as The Blood-Horse, HRTV, and TVG. Jockey Calvin Borel made a cash pledge to the Fund based on his winning performances in the Kentucky Derby.

"We are deeply grateful to all of the Barbaro Memorial Fund contributors for stepping up to support this important initiative for equine health and safety," said National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) President and CEO Alex Waldrop. "This is a wonderful salute to Barbaro."

The Barbaro Memorial Fund was created to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research in the name of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, whose gallant struggle to overcome a catastrophic injury captivated horse enthusiasts around the world. Monies raised by the Barbaro Memorial Fund will support equine research projects, including those that focus on laminitis, the hoof disease that plagued Barbaro for so much of his recuperative period following his injury in the 2006 Preakness Stakes.

 

 

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