An original pastel painting by equine artist Andre Pater was auctioned off for $175,000 and Pater donated half of that amount to the two charities. Entitled "2004 Breeders' Cup/NTRA World Thoroughbred Championships, Lone Star Park" the painting featured jockeys in the Lone Star Park starting gate, adorned in silks of several of the most prominent Texas horse racing families through the years. "Proceeds from the Breeders' Cup Gala and other special events are critically important to fulfillment of our mission to provide research funding throughout North America that can and does produce solutions for critical equine health and soundness issues," said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is currently funding 20 research projects at 12 universities throughout North America for more than $850,000. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $11 million to underwrite 189 projects at 31 universities.
Among the current studies are research projects that are examining foal pneumonia, sesamoid fractures and the use of pain-relieving medication in sick and injured horses.