A silent auction to raise money for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund figures to draw some interest at River Downs, usually among the fund-raising leaders on Jockeys Across America Day. The event will be held at tracks around the country July 5.
The Cincinnati, Ohio-area racetrack is offering, among other things, ownership of a horse and payment of training bills for a month, donated by trainer Ron Powell, and a gourmet dinner for four prepared by Chris Herrell, a jockey and student at a culinary school.
On July 1, racing secretary Ed Vomacka anted up original racing programs from major racing days, among them the 1978 Belmont Stakes that featured Affirmed and Alydar, and the 1975 match race between Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure.
More than 40 items will be auctioned at River Downs.