The National Turf Writers Association's Charitable Foundation voted to pledge $1,000 toward the "Barbaro Gift Fund" set up by the University of Pennsylvania and named in honor of injured Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro.
Evan Hammonds, president of the NTWA Charitable Foundation, said the donation is being made for New Bolton Center's efforts on behalf of Barbaro, who is recovering there after shattering his right hind ankle during the Preakness (gr. I), and for handling the needs of the national media in the weeks following the horse's surgery.
"In helping accommodate all forms of the national media, they gave us a leg up on the story, which has dramatically increase the awareness of the advances in the field of equine medicine," Hammonds said in a press release.
Donations to the "Barbaro Gift Fund" are used to support ongoing patient care and expansion of the George D. Widener Large Animal Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.