Bill Casner, chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and co-owner of WinStar Farm in Versailes, Ky., has offered to match up to $1 million in donations raised during the Keeneland September sale.
This isn’t the first time the Keeneland Foundation has raised funds for disaster relief. Similar efforts were made during sales following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 2005 Southeast Asian tsunami.
Some outstanding donations so far include $50,000 from the Thoroughbred Charities of America and the donation of a breeding to Ashford Stud’s Kentucky Derby Winner Fusaichi Pegasus, which will be auctioned at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Selected Mixed Sale on Nov. 6.
So far they’ve raised approximately $235,000, with a few more donations to come, but that will only bring the total up to $470,000.
To make a doubled donation, contact Fran Taylor at the Keeneland Foundation (859-254-3412) and let her know your money is on the way before Sept. 30. Contributions can be mailed to the Keeneland Foundation, P.O. Box 1690, Lexington, KY 40588-1690, attn: Fran Taylor. A form is available on the Keeneland website
Funds raised through the Keeneland Foundation can be earmarked for specific charities and will include both human and equine relief.