Pamela and Martin Wygod

Pamela and Martin Wygod

Wally Skalij

Wygods Donate to Breeders' Cup Charities

Pamela and Martin Wygod have donated $250,000 to Breeders' Cup Charities.

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Pamela and Martin Wygod, on behalf of WebMD Foundation, have donated $250,000 to Breeders’ Cup Charities, Breeders’ Cup officials said Sept. 18.

The donation is the first contribution from the Thoroughbred industry to Breeders’ Cup Charities, which was established this year by the Breeders’ Cup to further its community outreach efforts in conjunction with the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita Park.

Martin Wygod, chairman of WebMD, and Pamela Wygod, co-chair of WebMD Health Foundation, have been prominent Thoroughbred owners and breeders for the past 30 years. Sweet Catomine, the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner and champion 2-year-old filly, is among the talented horses campaigned by the Wygods, who live in California.

The primary beneficiaries of Breeders’ Cup Charities this year are Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Breeders’ Cup Charities also will support causes in Southern California and Thoroughbred industry charities. The Breeders’ Cup has established a goal to raise a minimum of $500,000 in 2008.

“We are extremely thankful to Pam and Marty Wygod for the leadership position they have taken to benefit Breeders’ Cup Charities,” Breeders’ Cup chairman William S.  Farish Jr. said in a statement. “This generous donation supports the important causes advanced by Susan G. Komen, St. Jude, and our equine beneficiaries.”

The Breeders’ Cup will recognize the donation in a variety of ways during the World Championships, highlighted by a special honor for Sweet Catomine on Championship Friday, which features five Breeders’ Cup races exclusively for female horses.

“We feel strongly that it is important to contribute to the sport of horse racing, which has been so much a part of our lives,” Pamela Wygod said. “Our focus has always been on health-related charities, so the addition of Komen and St. Jude as beneficiaries of the event this year was a natural fit for us.”