The official Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration will be held at chef Bobby Flay's highly acclaimed Bar Americain restaurant in New York City Thursday, June 6.
The event, featuring "The Foods of Bobby Flay," will be jointly hosted by and will benefit two prominent charities in the equine industry: the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). It will feature an auction of select stallion seasons and unique experiences. Terence Collier, director of marketing for Fasig-Tipton Inc., will conduct the auction.
Flay, the owner and executive chef of several restaurants as well as a television personality and author, operates a major racing stable and won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) with More Than Real in 2010. As an equine welfare advocate, he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
"We are delighted to host the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration at Bar Americain," Flay said in a release. "I think every horse deserves a safe retirement when their racing career comes to an end, and the industry has an obligation to help provide that to them. I am immensely pleased to help both the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation as they strive to make horses healthier and safer during their lives."
"Horse health should be a priority for anyone involved with the Thoroughbred industry, and this event brings well-deserved attention to our foundation as well as the third leg of the Triple Crown," said Dell Hancock, chairman of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, in a statement. "While Grayson-Jockey Club is closely associated with the Thoroughbred industry and we receive almost all of our support from it, a great majority of the research projects we fund are as helpful to a child's pony or any other breed as they are to the Thoroughbred."
"We are thrilled to be working closely with Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation on this event," said TRF Chairman John Moore. "For 30 years now, TRF has been the industry leader in providing aftercare for retired Thoroughbreds, and this will be our first major event in New York City."
The TRF's annual fund raiser was traditionally held at Saratoga on the eve of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sales. The TRF will still hold a smaller fundraiser on that evening in a different format.
The 145th edition of the $1,000,000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the oldest and longest of the Triple Crown events, will be Saturday, June 8, and will be televised by NBC Sports (5-7 p.m. EDT).
Bar Americain is located at 152 W. 52nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in New York City. Tickets for the charity celebration are priced at $400 per person.