Art & cocktails to support equine research and backstretch workers

What do Himalayan art, supporting backstretch workers, and research to improve horse health have in common?

All are a part of this year’s Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, taking place Thursday night, June 7, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan.

The New York Racing Association Inc. and The Jockey Club will host this year’s event, which will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.).

According to its website, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has awarded an average of more than $900,000 annually over the last ten years to fund research into equine health and soundness; since 1983, the organization has provided more than $19 million to 287 projects at 40 universities worldwide. Click here for a list of current projects.

B.E.S.T., located on the backstretch of Belmont Park and the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga, is devoted to meeting the health and social welfare needs of backstretch workers at all three NYRA tracks. The organization provides on-site counseling and primary health care, along with health insurance and case management assistance.

This evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Stephen Starr Events, of the New York restaurants Buddakan and Morimoto; entertainment will be provided by renowned violinist Sarah Charness with a special electric violin performance.

The Rubin Museum of Art  is dedicated to Himalayan art, creating exhibitions and programs to explore connections with other cultures, aimed at both experts and the general public. Located at 150 West 17th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), it’s in the heart of Chelsea..

The event begins at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm; tickets are $175 (remember: you’re supporting two great racing charities, and part of the cost is tax deductible) and can be purchased online. Dress code is business attire.

Join the Belmont celebration by supporting the horses and the humans that make racing at all levels of the sport possible.  The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and B.E.S.T. are on the front lines of promoting and enhancing equine and human health and safety; join them for a celebratory cocktail and delicious hors d’oeuvres while contributing to two very worthy causes.

Hope to see you there —

 For more information, contact Nancy Kelly of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation at (212) 521-5305 or


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