Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will autograph limited edition jerseys on April 3 at Santa Anita as a fundraiser for retired Thoroughbreds.
The jerseys are printed with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame logo, and the names of 11 of Baffert’s champions and their major victories: Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Chilukki, Point Given, War Emblem, Vindication, Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute, Midshipman, and Lookin At Lucky. The jerseys are produced by MVP Athletic Apparel of Santa Clarita, Calif.
Baffert will publicly autograph the new sportswear in the paddock area of Santa Anita from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on April 3. Point-of-purchase donations will go to Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
Each signed jersey will be immediately tagged with a specially-prepared synthetic DNA ink to prevent possible counterfeiting. The security mark can only be seen when illuminated by a specific laser frequency, and is the same system used by PSA/DNA Authentication Services to combat counterfeiting of game-used Super Bowl footballs.
“This is the first of our planned fundraising events to benefit Thoroughbred care and bring back the glory days of horse racing,” said James Turner, west coast regional director of MVP athletic apparel. “When people buy a jersey, a T-shirt, or a mug, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Old Friends.”
Another autographed-jersey fund-raising event for Old Friends is being planned for Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend.