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Tuesday, March 20, 2007Contact: Shannon K. Luce (859) 224-2716
Belmont Bash Will Benefit Equine Research and
Feature Encore Performance by The Fab Faux

The Belmont Bash, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held Friday, June 8, at the historic Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The Bash once again will benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and will feature cocktails and dinner and musical entertainment by the critically acclaimed Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux. Tickets are $350.

“Raising funds for an equine charity whose sole purpose is improving the health and welfare of the horse is the perfect way to spend the eve of New York’s classic race, the Belmont Stakes,” said NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward. “The Fab Faux were a big hit at last year’s Belmont Bash and we are honored and excited to have them back.”

The Hudson Theatre was built in 1903 by Henry B. Harris, who later perished aboard the Titanic. It features Tiffany ceilings, spectacular chandeliers, and Tiffany mosaic tiles that have been restored to their opening-night appearance.

In the 1950s, the Hudson Theatre was home to NBC’s The Tonight Show with host Steve Allen. Entertainment legends such as Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Ernie Kovacs, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbara Streisand and Vincent Price have graced the theater’s stage.

Formed in the spring of 1998, The Fab Faux have been wowing fans, including fellow musicians and celebrities, at venues throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond.

The band comprises five accomplished musicians who have recorded and toured the world over: Will Lee, the bassist for Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra on Late Show with David Letterman; Jimmy Vivino, the guitarist and arranger for the Max Weinberg 7, the house band on Late Night with Conan O'Brien; Frank Agnello; Rich Pagano; and Jack Petruzzelli.

Additional information about The Fab Faux is available at

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is a leading provider of equine medical research funding aimed at enhancing the health, safety and soundness of all horses. In 2007, the foundation is underwriting 21 specific projects for $1,105,045, including three new projects devoted to the study of laminitis, the often fatal hoof disease that plagued Barbaro for so much of his recuperative period following his injury in last year’s Preakness Stakes.

Additional information about the Belmont Bash can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly at (212) 521-5305 or, or Jenifer Van Deinse at (212) 521-5327 or