Race for Education's Auction: Let the Bidding Begin

Pre-auction online bidding for bachelors and bachelorettes participating in The Race For Education's Horsemen of All Ages Sale begins Saturday, Valentines Day, in conjunction with the Daily Racing Form. Potential bidders can check out the lineup and bid at http://www.drf.com/misc/horsemen_sale.html.

The highest bidder as of noon Feb. 19, will be invited to join in the live bidding at the event, to be held Feb. 20, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla. Phone bids and syndicates are encouraged.

Proceeds from the event, chaired by Nadia Sanan of Padua Stables and emceed by Gulfstream Park announcer Vic Stauffer, will go to Race For Education scholarships for Florida residents.

Horsemen include trainers Becky Maker, Steve Margolis, and Scott Lake, 2002 apprentice jockey of the year Ryan Fogelsonger, ESPN's Jeannine Edwards, Chronicle of the Horse publisher Rob Banner, and Three Chimney Farm's Elizabeth Voss. The entire Crab Orchard polo team, featuring Rosendo Usandizaga of Argentina, has been entered in the live auction.

Other auction items include hotel, airfare and tickets to the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park; a Seabiscuit screenplay signed by Chris Cooper, Jeff Bridges, Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron; and an oil painting by Katherine Landikusic.

For a full list of Horsemen as well as live and silent auction items, visit www.racingscholarships.com.

Consignors, who will match all or part of a horseman's sale price, include Padua Stables, Taylor Made Farm, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co., Adena Springs South, Denali Stud, Eisaman Equine, Leprechaun Racing, and West Point Thoroughbreds.

Tickets to the event are $125 per person; $200 per couple; or $1,000 per 10-person table and includes cocktails (beginning at 7 p.m.), dinner, live music and the silent and live auctions. To purchase tickets or for more information, call The Race For Education toll-free at 866.829.7600 or in Lexington at 859.252.8648.

The Race For Education is a nonprofit education scholarship foundation funded by various parties related to, or with an interest in the Thoroughbred racing industry. It was established to improve the quality of life for farm and track workers‚ families through education, attract younger and better-educated individuals to the careers in the Thoroughbred industry.