The relief fund announced by Keeneland Wednesday morning just before the second session of its September yearling sale began had almost $132,000 in it by late afternoon Thursday, association officials said. The fund was established by Keeneland, and its consignors and buyers.
The money is earmarked for relief efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C., which were hit by terrorist attacks Tuesday morning. Proceeds from the fund will be forwarded to the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross.
"The response to the relief fund has been tremendous," said Harvie Wilkinson, director of finance at Keeneland. "We're not surprised, though, because our consignors and buyers have always demonstrated that they are generous people."
When Keeneland president Nick Nicholson made the announcement Wednesday morning, he said the fund would be set up later that afternoon. That means the money contributed thus far was raised in about 24 hours.
Elsewhere, Meadowlands and Monmouth Park will serve as drop-off points this weekend for the American Red Cross colelction of items for rescue workers or cash donations to assist those impacted by the attack on New York City.
In an act of patriotism, the Delaware Couty Fair, home of harness racing's Little Brown Jug, is asking anyone who attends the races at the Delaware, Ohio, racetrack to bring an American flag. They will be lined up at the grandstand entrance and make for an "avenue of flags," officials said.
Fair officials also will make available a place to make donations to the American Red Cross relief efforts. The Delaware County Fair opens Saturday; the Little Brown Jug is scheduled for Sept. 20.