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Emerald Downs Races to the Rescue of Katrina Victims

October 7, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Auburn, WA – On Saturday, October 8, Emerald Downs joins the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) in Racing to the Rescue.

Racing to the Rescue was established to provide assistance to members of horse communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the trauma of human loss and displacement, the members of the Emerald Downs racing community join the Thoroughbred racing industry in an endeavor to rescue and provide for their horses.

100 percent of contributions to Racing to the Rescue will be dispersed to those that meet the 501 (c)(3) charities criteria.
At Emerald Downs, guests have numerous methods of contributing. Specially marked containers will be available on all levels at all concession stands and throughout the facility where cash donations are graciously accepted.

Emerald Downs will also create a special Gumbo, available at select stands for $5. Beaded necklaces will also be available for purchase. Emerald Downs will be incur the costs of beads, ingredients for the gumbo, and labor, with every penny made going toward the relief efforts.

On Sunday afternoon, October 9, Emerald Downs will announce the collected amount of the generous donations made by fans, horsemen and employees.

Other participating facilities include: Arlington Park, Bay Meadows, Calder Race Course, CDI Twin Spires Club, Churchill Downs, Colonial Downs, Delaware Park, Ellis Park, Hastings Race Course, Hollywood Park, Hoosier Park, Keeneland Race Course, Maryland Jockey Club, Mohegan Sun Casino, Mountaineer Park, Nebraska HBPA, New England HBPA, Northfield Park, Pocono Downs, Suffolk Downs and Turfway Park.

In addition, the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, all Thoroughbred Racing Associations member tracks, the national Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California, The Jockey Club, Oak Tree Racing Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Television Games Network, all Harness Tracks of America member racetracks, the United States Trotting Association and other industry organizations have agreed to designate October 8 as "Racing to the Rescue Day."

NBC, which will air a 90-minute broadcast on October 8 featuring important prep races for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, also will serve as a national outlet for the industry’s relief efforts.