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.
“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.