The Blood-Horse reports that Roy and Gretchen Jackson have made another major gift to the Belmont Child Care Association. Gretchen is on the board of the BCCA, and she and Roy were the honorees at this year’s benefit in Saratoga.
The Jacksons are major supporters of Anna House; there’s a playroom named after Lael Stables there, and earlier this year they donated $250,000 to begin a scholarship fund. $250,000 of the most current donation is earmarked for the Lael Stables scholarship fund, with the other $50,000 going to the general fund.
It seems that at least some people think that there will be a need for childcare for the children of the backstretch workers in a few weeks. Here’s hoping that those parents will in fact be employed, and that racing is happening at Aqueduct.
I will post a report and some pictures from last weekend’s holiday event in the next few days.
I’ll be out with family celebrating my mother’s birthday and doing a little holiday shopping today, so I’ll miss today’s second race, featuring Saratoga Russell. Trained by Richard Violette and owned by West Point, he made his first start on November 17th. Out of Prologue (Theatrical, Shakespeare’s sire) by Trippi, this two-year-old set fractions of :21.4, :22.4, and :58.4, and he looked very strong coming down the lane. Railbird and I watched the race from the boxes and were waiting for him to throw in the towel, but he never really did. He was passed by the impressive National Pride, then owned by Gary Contessa and subsequently sold to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing for an undisclosed price (DRF), and Saratoga Russell ended up losing by 1 ¾. Nonetheless, it was a striking début and Railbird and I both talked about catching him his next time out. I’ll be checking the replays when I get in tonight, but without a financial interest, as he’s the 7/5 favorite this morning.