official Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, which benefits the
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement
Foundation (TRF), will return to Chef Bobby Flay's Bar Americain on
Thursday, June 5, 2014.
The event, featuring "The Foods of Bobby Flay," will include an auction of select stallion seasons and unique experiences.
the event, the Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Champion Award will be
presented to Victoria McCullough. This award is annually given to an
individual for outstanding efforts and influence on Thoroughbred
racehorse welfare, safety, and retirement.
chairman of the board of Chesapeake Petroleum, has made tremendous
strides using her own resources in preventing the reinstitution of horse
slaughter in the U.S. and in the fight to stop the export of horses
across the country's borders. She achieved the de-funding of USDA
inspection of horse slaughterhouses by enlisting the help of key
governmental officials and the presidential administration. McCullough's
love for horses has led to her personally purchasing more than 4,000
horses from kill pens, funding their care, and finding them new homes.
She owns two farms in Wellington, Fla., where she has brought many of
these rescues to be rehabilitated.
McCullough has demonstrated a deep and passionate commitment to
safeguarding the lives of horses," said Earle Mack. "We applaud her for
her untiring efforts, and we are honored to present her with this richly
honored by Ambassador Mack and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
is particularly meaningful to me," said McCullough. "The Thoroughbred is
the horse to which I am most connected. Working alongside the TRF and
the Thoroughbred industry to ensure compassionate care for our champion
Thoroughbreds, and with collaboration and strategic vision, we will
eradicate slaughter and develop the needed infrastructure to provide
quality aftercare for all Thoroughbreds."
award recipients include Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey
Club, in 2012 and Bobby Flay, Thoroughbred owner, Thoroughbred
retirement advocate, and the owner and executive chef of Bar Americain,
gratified that these two important racing charities have again chosen
Bar Americain to host this event, which celebrates the Belmont Stakes,
one of our most prestigious races," said Flay. "The cooperation of the
charities in this event makes sense, with Grayson working to improve the
health of horses during their racing careers, and TRF helping to
provide them with a comfortable, secure retirement when their career
comes to an end. I'm looking forward to participating in this event
again this year after a successful event in 2013."
The fund-raising event, supported by the New York Racing Association, will be held two days prior to the 146th running of the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown, being held on Saturday, June 7.
Bar Americain is located at 152 W. 52nd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues in New York City.
Tickets for the charity celebration are $350 per person.
Additional information about the event can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation at (212) 521-5305 or Sue Finley at (732) 747-8060.
in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the largest equine
sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation
and retraining of Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the
racetrack. More than 1,000 Thoroughbreds have been adopted out to loving
homes. At eight correctional facilities, inmates build life skills
while participating in a vocational training program as they provide
supervised care to retired horses.
Club Research Foundation, a longtime beneficiary of the Belmont week
charity event, is the nation's leading private source of equine research
funding, having individually contributed more than $20.9 million to 41
universities since 1983 to underwrite 310 specific projects aimed at
enhancing the health and safety of horses.