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Friday, May 22, 2015Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
Gala Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street will help Benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

The gala dinner of the Pan American Conference, presented by Longines at New York City’s exclusive Cipriani 42nd Street, will be held Friday, June 5, 2015, and proceeds will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

The evening will feature the presentation of the Longines and International Federation of Horseracing Authorities International Award of Merit and a medley of sights and sounds of Broadway-style reviews.

“This annual event is a great way to celebrate the Thoroughbred and the vital equine research that Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation funds,” said Dell Hancock, chairman of the foundation. “The celebration has taken on a special aura this year since we will have our international guests from the Pan Am Conference with us at such a unique and prestigious venue and since we will be watching American Pharoah attempt to win the Triple Crown the following day.”

Tickets for the charity celebration are priced at $400 per person. Only a limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased online at

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is the nation's leading source of private equine research funding and helps all breeds of horses.

The Pan American Conference, hosted by the Latin America Racing Channel and The Jockey Club, will address numerous topics, including international simulcasting, globalization of the breed, anti-doping, technology, customer relations and aftercare during the two days of the business program on Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5. Conference participants will be attending the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6.

Additional information for the conference is available at

Additional information about the charity celebration can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly, vice president of Development, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation at (212) 521-5305 or