Saturday, September 22, 2001

Keeneland raises $5.7M for disaster relief fund




The Cincinnati Enquirer and news services

        LEXINGTON — Contributions to the disaster relief fund organized by Keeneland have soared to $5.7 million, track president Nick Nicholson announced Friday in a progress report.

        Contributions have ranged from $10 to hundreds of thousands of dollars, including $5 million pledged by Dubai's Sheik Mohammed al Maktoum, who breeds and races thoroughbreds throughout the world and has purchased horses at Keeneland since the 1980s. Sheik Mohammed is the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Minister of Defense of the United Arab Emirates.

        On Sept.11, Keeneland was minutes away from starting the second session of its 13-day September Yearling Sale when terrorists initiated an attack on America. “Sheik Mohammed was deeply touched by the recovery and relief efforts that followed,” Nicholson said. “His donation is a wonderfully generous display of leadership and humanity.”

        Everyone from employees in the barns to the industry's largest investors have contributed to the fund.

        • After 11 days of the auction, 2,581 horses have been sold for $251,940,200, an average of $97,613 and a median of $34,000. At this point in the sale a year ago, 2,930 horses had been sold for $287,576,200, an average of $98,149 and a median of $32,000. The sale continues through Sunday.

        SUPER DERBY:

        E Dubai is the early 7-5 favorite in Sunday's $500,000 Super Derby for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. E Dubai, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, will be ridden by John Velazquez in the Grade I race. The colt drew the rail starting position in the 1 1/4-mile prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

        Golf

        MID-AM QUALIFIER:

Medalist Robert Gerwin II (68), Kevin Pong (70), Denny Gallagher (70) and Pete Ebel (71) and Chris Straley (71) qualified at Terrace Park for the national USGA tournament next month for golfers 25 and older. It is the eighth consecutive year Gerwin has qualified for the USGA Mid-Amateur. Pete Betzold (71), who lost a three-way playoff for the final two spots; Carl Tuke Jr. (72) and Northern Kentuckians Jeffrey Floyd (72) and Jim Volpenhein (72) are, in order, the alternates.

        GOLDEN BEAR TOUR:

        Jim Herman (UC and St. Xavier High) finished tied for sixth and earned $5,813 at the Loxahatchee Club in Hammock Creek, Fla.

       



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