Last summer, I wrote about a filly who went through the ring during the New York bred sales in Saratoga; she sold for $200,000 and is a half-sister to New York favorite Naughty New Yorker. By Songandaprayer out of Naughty Natisha, the filly makes her racing début on Wednesday in the second race at Belmont. Named Nice and Naughty, the filly is in the barn of Christophe Clement and has been working out at Keeneland; based on a June 30th work there, she’s apparently just shipped to New York. Thanks to TrackMaster for program information.
If you haven’t already, check out Jessica Chapel’s post at Railbird on the presence of women at the racetrack; it’s inspired a lively series of comments, to which, unsurprisingly, I have contributed. More on this topic to come.
In related news, on Sunday, August 9th at Saratoga, a “Best Turned Out Filly” fashion contest will be held at the track, with the best-dressed woman to be awarded a gift certificate from a local retail shop before the running of the Honorable Miss. No word on who will judge the contest.
And last week, Wimbledon officials admitted that “good looks are a factor” when they schedule women’s matches on Centre Court.
Onward to better news, and a philanthropy update:
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is presenting “An Evening in the Winner’s Circle” at Colonial Downs on Friday, July 17th, the eve of the Virginia Derby. Tickets are $55 and support the work of the TRF in its Second Chances Program at James River Work Center. In addition to viewing live racing with a view of the homestretch and finish line, participants will “mix and mingle with winning jockeys” and have the opportunity to bid on auction items to raise funds for the TRF.
Closer to home, once again this summer, visitors to Saratoga Race Course will have the opportunity to observe Tom Durkin call the third race of the day to support Backstretch Employees Service Team (B.E.S.T.). For a $100 donation each, up to six fans each day can join Tom Durkin in the booth and on the roof of the beautiful Saratoga grandstand.
For ticket reservations for Tom Durkin’s third race call at Saratoga, please call 516-488-
3434 through July 26 or 518-587-3720 beginning July 29. This opportunity is not available on Travers Day.
And of course, the Belmont Child Care Association holds its major fundraiser on August 26th at the historic Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga, and it’s not too late to offer an item in the live or silent auction. Wine; jewelry; racing memorabilia; tickets for shows and sporting events; gift certificates for retail stores or restaurants; electronics, or experiences, like a walk-on part in a movie or a meal with a celebrity, have been popular items in the past, so if you or someone you know has something to donate, please let me know or contact the BCCA directly. You can also donate American Express rewards points, which help the BCCA purchase items for the auction.
You could also plan to attend, so that you can bid on auction items and support the work of the BCCA, which offers inexpensive child care every single day of the year to the children of the backstretch workers.
22 days until opening day!