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Super Bowl Great Ray Lewis, Jr. to Speak at Derby-Time Event

“Race for Grace” Dinner Supports Race Track Ministry

March 8, 2013 – Louisville, KY – Ray Lewis, Jr., a two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, will be the guest speaker at “Race for Grace,” the annual Derby-time fundraising dinner for the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy. The event is set for Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m., in Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs.

The legendary Lewis announced his retirement from football following the Ravens’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in this year’s Super Bowl. The win capped a long string of professional football achievements for Lewis that includes being named multiple times as NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Associated Press All-Pro.

Lewis’ life has also consisted of overcoming high-profile difficulties off the football field. He will be sharing testimony at the dinner about his redemption through his Christian faith.

Lewis is the founder of “Ray Lewis 52 Foundation”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to disadvantaged youth. His commitment to his faith has been featured in two cover stories of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Also appearing at the dinner will be Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who won the 1992 Kentucky Derby winner aboard Lil E. Tee, as well as other horse racing notables. Jackie Hays, who is well-known for her career as news anchor on WAVE TV, will be the event’s emcee.

The evening will also include musical entertainment and a live and silent auction of unusual horse racing memorabilia, sports tickets, and other items of interest. Dress is business casual.

Tickets are $200 per person, and tables for eight are $2,000 for guaranteed seating arrangement. Various levels of sponsorship are also available and impact the level of services that the non-profit ministry is able to provide to track workers.

For more information about the ministry at Kentucky racetracks, please go to www.kychaplaincy.org. For ticket reservations, email us at info@kychaplaincy.org or call Christ Chapel at (502) 636-4476.

About Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy – KRTC is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving workers at Kentucky’s race tracks and horse training centers. For more info about the ministry, go to ww.kychaplaincy.org, and for even more up-to-date news, “LIKE” Kentucky Race Trace Chaplaincy on Facebook.

NEWS FOR MEMBERS OF THE “WOMEN’S HORSE INDUSTRY NETWORK”:

WHIN member Kate Richards Wilt is developing an exciting on-line auction program that will introduce the Race for Grace event and its mission and offers significant exposure via hyper-links for participating auction donors.

The on-line auction will be launched for bidding in early April via BiddingforGood.com and will target more than 350,000 upscale auction shoppers interested in the mission of the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy and the sport of horse racing. It will feature “unique experiences” relating to the Derby and Oaks, Turfway Park and Ellis Park, as well as event tickets, hotel rooms, VIP tours and gifts and services that enhance the value of the package.

For more about this unique opportunity, contact Kate at kate.myracingheart@yahoo.com.

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Eastex Handicap Highlights Remington Opening Weekend

Q-Racing Journal, March 7, 2013 – Remington Park opens its racing season March 8, and James Sills and Abel Flores’ A Toss Up carries high weight of 125 pounds when he returns from a winter’s rest in the $50,000 Eastex Handicap (G2) for older horses to highlight a stakes doubleheader on Sunday.

Supporting the Eastex Handicap is the $50,000 Mighty Deck Three Handicap for older Oklahoma-breds.

A Toss Up (Sweet First Down-Shake Cartel by Corona Cartel) was nominated to both races and his connections chose to take on open horses at 350 yards in the Eastex.

The 4-year-old gelding adores Remington Park with three wins and a pair of seconds from seven starts at the track. A year ago, trainer Eddie Willis sent him out to back-to-back stakes wins in the $246,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (R) and the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1), defeating state-breds in each race.

After a fifth-place finish in the Remington Park Championship (G1), he was a close second to JD Baccarat in the Higheasterjet Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs. He then won his trials and qualified to both the Grade 1 All American and Texas Classic derbies.

Denis and Julie Schoenhofer’s champion First Klas Fred (Fredricksburg-She Flies First Klas by Strawfly Special) concluded his 2012 season with a win in the Classic Chevrolet Stakes (R) and a second in the B. F. Phillips Handicap (RG3). Each of those races was at Lone Star Park for Texas-breds.

First Klas Fred won the 2009 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on his way to being honored as champion 2-year-old gelding.

John Lawless’ very consistent Eufaula Me (Okey Dokey Dale-Yawls Spreadn Rumors by Serious Rumors) makes his first start since taking the $94,400 Polk County Derby (R) at Prairie Meadows in October. The close second-place finisher in last year’s $135,000 Oklahoma Derby also boasts stakes wins at Prairie Meadows in the Jim Bader Futurity (R) and the Iowa Double Gold Derby (R).

Two racing champions will make their 2013 debuts on Friday at Sunland Park. Champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black and champion distance horse All About Larry will start in trial races for the West Texas Derby (G2) and Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge (G3), respectively.

PJ Chick In Black (Desirio-Eddie Jym by Corona Cocktail) races for Denny Bowen, Susie Taylor and Jack Smith Farms. She won five of six starts last year, including the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and New Mexico Spring Futurity (RG2), on her way to championship honors. She will attempt to follow a similar route to a 3-year-old championship taken by 2010 champion 3-year-old gelding Double Down Special, who won the West Texas Derby (G3), then traveled to Ruidoso Downs where he won the Grade 1 Ruidoso and All American derbies. She races in the third of seven trials for the derby, which is the fifth race on the card.

All About Larry (Heza Motor Scooter-Come Hell Or Hiwater by Shoot Yeah) races for Diane Heath. Last year, the champion distance horse won six of eight starts, including the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1). He races in the second of two trials to the Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge, the second race on the card.

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