Six days after Eight Belles' breakdown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.
According to Fox Hill spokesperson Victoria Keith, the idea was inspired by the fans who frequent Porter's Rockport Harbor Web site and forums.
"These past couple of days we've been knocked to the ground, and we're just getting back up and thinking of things to do," Keith said. "Whatever happened to Eight Belles, there's nowhere we can direct money that could bring her back. But we hope that some of the excellent charities in the racing industry will benefit from her legacy in some way. We've told people it's a wonderful gesture to want to donate funds in her name, and wherever is in their heart to donate will be a perfect place.
"At the Rockport Harbor Web site, we've raised money for Midlantic to rescue Thoroughbreds before, so that organization seemed like a logical recipient for the funds from these wristbands."
The wristbands, which sell for $5, will be made of red silicone and embossed with Eight Belles' name. With proceeds from the sales, the Maryland-based non-profit will rescue one or more Thoroughbreds in honor of the filly.
Checks or money orders should be made to Midatlantic Horse Rescue, and mailed to Fox Hill Farm, P.O. Box 24255, Lexington, KY 40524.
Fox Hill Farm will pay packaging and postage on all orders.