The directors of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) recently approved a $20,000 grant to an emergency fund that has been created by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders (KTOB). The KTOB fund has been established to ensure that money is immediately available for ongoing studies into the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) problem as well as to support future research projects as they arise. Since last spring, Thoroughbred Charities of America has approved $65,000 in grants earmarked for MRLS studies...Jockey Shane Laviolette, who won back-to-back jockey championships at Hawthorne Race Course during the fall and spring, added another local championship Sunday at Arlington Park. The New Orleans native bested 10 human rivals in a sprint of 100 yards down the stretch at the local oval. The exhibition was part of the local Father's Day festivities. Arlington's Father's Day program attracted the largest attendance of any Thoroughbred track in the nation Sunday when 24,695 fans passed through the turnstiles here. Included on the Father's Day program was the human dash in which five jockeys matched strides with six fathers among the guests on hand. The fathers that raced were selected by random drawing from names entered by their children shortly after the families entered the facility. Laviolette defeated local dad Bob Williams of Geneva, Illinois, in the final strides before the wire. Laviolette's son Easton, 3, and daughter Eyrelin, 2, were on hand to witness their father's triumph, as was his wife Debbie.

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