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Friday, April 08, 2016Contact: Edward L. Bowen (859) 224-2851
Sportsman Earle Mack Donates $100,000 as Lead Gift in Memory of Ogden Mills Phipps

Thoroughbred owner/breeder Earle Mack has donated $100,000 to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation in honor of his boyhood friend, Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps.

Phipps, 75, who died on April 6, 2016, was remembered by Mack as “the pinnacle of leadership, who fought every step as an advocate for the health of the horse and integrity of racing.”

Mack described his pledge as a “leadership gift that I hope will move others to step up and follow” with donations of their own. “There are so many great charities that support racing,” said Mack, “but Grayson is what Dinny wanted to support.”

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s role is identifying and funding the best scientific research to promote and protect the health and soundness of horses. Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has provided $23.3 million since 1983 to fund 335 veterinary research projects at 42 universities.

Since 2012, Mack has been a member of The Jockey Club, of which Phipps was chairman from 1983 until he stepped down in 2015. Mack also has been a member of the New York Racing Association board of directors since 1990 and was chairman of the New York State Racing Commission from 1983 to 1989.

Donations in Mr. Phipps’ name can be made online with a credit card or PayPal account on the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation website:

They can also be mailed to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation at 40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022.