(Edited press release)
One Kentucky Oaks and four Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) contenders will be helping young people to obtain a college degree. As part of the Race For Education’s Racehorse Nomination Program, a portion of any earnings by Street Sense, Cowtown Cat, Any Given Saturday, Sam P., and Appealing Zophie will go to the non-profit organization, which funds scholarships and educational grants for young people in the equine industry.
Two-year-old champion Street Sense, owned by James Tafel, is trained by RFE board member Carl Nafzger.
Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Cowtown Cat is owned in partnership by WinStar Farm, who also owns Any Given Saturday with Maverick Racing and Padua Stable. Bill Casner is a founding board member of RFE. Both are trained by Todd Pletcher.
Sam P. is owned by Starlight Stable and Donald Lucarelli. Starlight Stable’s Jack and Laurie Wolf are RFE board members. Sam P. is trained by Todd Pletcher.
The RFE will be represented in the Kentucky Oaks by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt's Appealing Zophie, winner of the Spinaway (gr. I) and Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III). Corinne Heiligbrodt, who races with her husband under the name "Heiligbrodt Racing," is an active member of RFE’s recipient selection committee.
“One little step up can mean a great deal to a lot of people,” says Nafzger. “The Race for Education is young, it’s a positive force in the industry, and it’s growing. I challenge all racehorse owners to be a part of it.”