|Friday, August 28, 2015||Contact: Edward L. Bowen (859) 224-2851|
|Glen Hill Farm to Sponsor Kentucky Downs' One Dreamer Stakes, Benefitting Equine Research|
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky.
The One Dreamer is for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up, which are non-winners of a stakes race in 2015. It will be run at 1 mile and 70 yards over Kentucky Downs’ unique, European-style grass course.
The track provided naming sponsorship opportunities for the One Dreamer Stakes and eight overnight races to sponsors making specific donations to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Sponsors will be provided hospitality for themselves and guests and will present trophies for the races they sponsor.
“Glen Hill Farm is honored that Kentucky Downs has named a race after One Dreamer,” said Craig Bernick, who in 2008 was appointed president and CEO of the Ocala, Fla., farm by his grandfather, Leonard Lavin. “One Dreamer was our first starter at the Dueling Grounds [the former name of Kentucky Downs], and we had a wonderful day at the track when she won the Rachel Jackson Stakes in 1993.
“One Dreamer returned to that track for the same race the next year and didn't fare as well, but she followed that race up with a win in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, so Kentucky Downs played a very important role in her career.”
One Dreamer won 12 of 25 career starts and earned $1,266,067.
“We deeply appreciate Kentucky Downs’ innovative way to support equine research,” said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “This initiative was very successful when it was introduced last year, and the foundation benefits immensely from the exposure and sponsorship revenue.”
As of Monday, Sept. 3, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation had secured additional race naming sponsorships from Equibase, Hagyard Medical Institute, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA-KTOB), OwnerView, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Starlight Racing, Taylor Made Sales, and the Lavin Family’s Wedgewood.
“We respect the importance of scientific research and are glad to provide this opportunity to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation,” said Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen. “The foundation has been responsible for improvements in many aspects of promoting health and soundness in horses, and we salute the sponsors of these races for their help in continuing that progress.”
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. The foundation has provided $22 million to fund more than 322 projects at 41 universities since 1983. Additional information about the foundation is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.