North American racetracks hosting lemonade stands on Belmont Stakes Day collectively raised more than $114,000 to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand For Pediatric Cancer Research, the charity founded by Alexandra "Alex" Scott in 2000. The figure is preliminary and expected to increase because nine tracks are yet to report their figures and some others are finalizing exact amounts.
Alex, who succumbed to neuroblastoma last August at the age of 8, launched her first lemonade stand when she was 4 to help raise money for "her doctors" to cure cancer.
Forty racetracks in the United States and Canada participated in yesterday's charity. Account wagering company AmericaTab hosted racing's only online lemonade stand. Harrah's Louisana Downs and Tampa Bay Downs made a direct contribution to the fund in lieu of hosting a stand.
The racing community has been captivated with the connection between Alex Scott and Cash Is King Stable's Afleet Alex, who romped in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The 3-year-old's owners vowed to pledge a portion of his purse winnings to the charity. The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) coordinated the efforts its membership and non-member racetracks to join the more than 1,100 other lemonade stands erected across the country in support of the cause Saturday.
Belmont Park, which hosted the race, raised $29,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand at its two track-side stands. Charles Town Races and Slots in Charles Town, W.V., came in as the second largest donating site with $12,055.
AmericaTab, one of the world's leading online wagering companies, raised $3,222 for Alex's Lemonade Stand through its nine account wagering affiliates during four days of operation, June 8-11. AmericaTab executive vice president Michael Weiss said his company will match the donations, bringing the total donation to $6,444. AmericaTab permitted its account holders to donate from the convenience of their home, an ersatz off-track contributing option.
Some racetracks matched the donations raised at their stands. Delaware Park, the home base of Afleet Alex's trainer Tim Richey, raised $3,095 for Alex's Lemonade Stand and its match lifted Delaware Park's total contribution to $6,190. Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa, is matching the $2,090 in donations from its stand. More than 1,000 Charles Fazzino posters featuring an Alex's Lemonade Stand at Belmont Park were sold at 22 participating racetracks for a minimum $10 donation. Charles Fazzino, the official artist of the Belmont Stakes this year, donated the posters and associated costs with their production and distribution.To purchase photographs of Afleet Alex that help contribute to this great cause, click here.
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