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Charitable Impact sets Kentucky Oaks and Derby handicapping fundraiser for May 2

The Charitable Impact Group, Inc., will host the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Handicapping event, dinner and silent auction on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Keene Barn at Keeneland.

The evening will feature Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, NBC analyst Randy Moss and Daily Racing Form experts Mike Watchmaker and Mike Welsch, as they discuss and handicap the 2016 Oaks and Derby.

Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron (Wikimedia Photo)

Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron (Wikimedia Photo)

Individual tickets are available for $225 each, while tables of eight are available for $1,800. For more information, contact Carol Gardner at 859-492-6623 or by email at sail4gard@aol.com.

The event is being sponsored by the Charitable Impact which was established in 2014 to create awareness and financially support charities committed to the welfare of children and equine athletes. All the proceeds from the event will be shared by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) Camp Horsin’ Around, New Vocations and the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

Auction Items:

· One-of-a-kind and certain to become a collector’s item. Last year we celebrated the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and PDJF is proud to offer this triple set of framed, authentic jockey pants emblazoned with the PDJF logo and signed by every jockey who rode in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Featured on the pants and whip is the signature of Victor Espinoza who secured the Triple Crown victory aboard American Pharoah. The signatures were obtained in the jocks’ room at each of the three Triple Crown race host tracks. (Value $5,000+)

· A magnificent boxed collection of Peb’s art commissioned by Penny Chenery after Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973. Sketches are in black and white and feature Riva Ridge and Secretariat all on museum quality paper.

· Private coach and tour for 10 guests of Ashford Stud to meet the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah up close and personal (valued at $5,000+)

· Tour and dinner at historic Botherum with Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher. Three couples can enjoy the gardens and home that has been featured in Garden & Gun, Southern Living as well as winning the Ida Lee Willis Award for Preservation, the highest honor in the state. Anyone who has been to Botherum can tell you what an amazing time they will have seeing the interesting collections, receiving the warmest hospitality and enjoying delicious food and drink prepared by the owners. As an added attraction we will feature two celebrity chefs in Craig Fravel from the Breeders’ Cup and John Keitt from Bloodhorse Publications. (Valued at $5,000+)

· American Pharoah layout of the grand slam races by Michele MacDonald and John Stephen Hockensmith (Valued at $500+)

· Saratoga Racing and concert at the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 19. Four orchestra tickets to performance of the Philadelphia Philharmonic with special guests Chris Botti and Joshua Bell. Then Aug. 20, DRF’s Clubhouse Box for the Alabama G1 Stakes. Spectacular location right past the finish line. Beverage service included. (Valued at $2,000)

· Signed print of Zenyatta with jockey Mike Smith, donated by Corey Johnsen & Jockey Talk 360

· Signed print of California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza, donated by Corey Johnsen & Jockey Talk 360

· Private pre-opening Dinner for 10 at Lexington newest location of the legendary South Beach restaurant Grillfish. Be the first to experience Grillfish in Lexington. Donated by Wayne Masterman and Robby Carter.

· Wink Gaines 6’ x 6’ (Valued at $2,000 – $3,000)

· Four tickets to 2016 Breeders Cup in Santa Anita donated by Bluegrass Sports Commission (Valued at $5,000)

· Sheila Bayes Fine Jewelry (Valued at $2,000)

From Bluegrass Sports Authority Communications

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