An auction of Flashy Bull memorabilia that was part of his run in the 132nd Kentucky Derby, raised $5,450 for a pair of horse racing charities, West Point Thoroughbreds president and founder Terry Finley, announced Thursday.
The auction, conducted among the partnership group that owns Derby 14th-place finisher Flashy Bull, concluded with partner Steve Lewinstein, who is a minority owner of the Boston Celtics, being high bidder for such items as Flashy Bull's Derby halter and saddle towel and the silks worn by rider Mike Smith. Smith autographed the silks.
Proceeds from the auction were split evenly and donated to the Backstretch Employees Service Team and the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund.
"All the partners enjoyed the Derby experience so much, we felt we should do something on behalf of those segments of our industry that can use some help," said Finley. "I know Steve will always cherish these items as they rekindle memories of the fabulous trip Flashy Bull took all of us on."
In other news from the Mount Laurel, New Jersey, company, Bill Carson, a managing partner with Fiat Lux Management LLC, an investment company based in San Clement, CA, has been elected to the board of advisors. Carson helped start the West Point's California operations.