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Rachel Alexandra Online Auction Nets $20,000

Top item was visit to see Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds.

Kendall-Jackson Winery announced Dec. 9 it has sent a check for $20,000 to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, reflecting the results of an online auction of items donated by winery owner and co-founder Jess Jackson from Rachel Alexandra’s 2009 racing season.

New items were sold each month from June through October, with the auction topped by highest the final lot: a visit with Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds in New Orleans training course in January 2010. The prize, which includes airfare and hotel accommodations for two, was purchased for $6,500 by Everything’s Cricket Racing of New York.

“We are very grateful to the people at Kendall-Jackson and to that amazing horse Rachel Alexandra, whose popularity helped fuel this fundraiser,” said Sherrie Mazur of The V Foundation. “Since our organization was founded in the name of (late) Coach (Jim) Valvano, it is especially fitting that this donation comes from the world of athletics.”

Among other items sold during the auction were the halter worn by Rachel Alexandra prior to her historic BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) victory, the saddle towel worn during her 19-length, runaway victory in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), goggles worn by jockey Calvin Borel during Rachel Alexandra’s Haskell Stakes (gr. I) victory, an autographed racing crop used by Borel in the filly’s Woodward Stakes (gr. I) victory, her third of three wins over males this year.
 
“This is a rare opportunity for us to use the notoriety of this amazing athlete, her appeal to both men and women, to raise money to fight a disease that steals from us all,” said Jackson, in a Kendall-Jackson release. “If we can turn Rachel Alexandra’s accomplishments on the track into a weapon against cancer and into an inspiration for others, then that will be her greatest achievement.”
 
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993. Since that time V Foundation has raised more than $80 million and has awarded cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia.