|Wednesday, June 12, 2019||Contact: Jamie Haydon (859) 224-2750|
|Stonestreet Farms to Sponsor Stonestreet Giving Challenge in Honor of Rachel Alexandra|
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that Stonestreet Farms, a global breeding and racing operation, will be sponsoring the Stonestreet Giving Challenge to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Rachel Alexandra’s 3-year-old campaign, during which she went undefeated in eight starts and earned Eclipse Awards for Three-Year-Old Filly and Horse of the Year.
Stonestreet is kicking off the challenge with a lead gift of $25,000 to Grayson in Rachel Alexandra’s name. Stonestreet will also host a Haskell celebration on July 20, at which attendees can watch the Haskell Invitational with Rachel Alexandra at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., while enjoying Jackson Family Wines, appetizers, and plated desserts from Ouita Michel’s culinary team at Holly Hill Events. Tickets will be sold for $100 each, and the event will be limited to 50 attendees. Rachel Alexandra’s win in the 2009 Haskell Invitational was one of her five grade 1 victories that year, three of which were against males.
Fans who cannot attend the Haskell celebration will have the opportunity to participate in the Stonestreet Giving Challenge through an online auction the week of the Haskell that includes a signed Robert Clark print of Rachel Alexandra, a Rachel Alexandra halter, and goggles signed by Hall Of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, Rachel Alexandra’s regular rider. Donations can also be made in honor of Rachel Alexandra through the Grayson tribute program. More information about the charity auction and tribute program can be found at grayson-jockeyclub.org/default.asp?section=2&area=EVENTS&menu=1.
“Like Stonestreet’s all-encompassing commitment to the Thoroughbred industry, Grayson is dedicated to supporting the health of all horses, and we are happy to support the foundation’s work through this challenge while also celebrating the career of our champion Rachel Alexandra,” said Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farms.
“Stonestreet’s generosity will enable Grayson to continue to fund meaningful research to help all horses, and we appreciate their sponsorship of the Stonestreet Giving Challenge as well as their hosting a Haskell celebration with Rachel Alexandra that will benefit the foundation,” said Dell Hancock, chairman of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Tickets for the Haskell Celebration can be purchased at Tinyurl.com/Stonestreet2019.
In addition to purchasing tickets for the Haskell event or bidding in the charity auction, fans can support Grayson by donating online at grayson-jockeyclub.org under Get Involved. All monetary contributions are tax-deductible.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $27.5 million to fund 366 projects at 44 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.