Breeders' Cup Raises $2.5 Million for Heroes Fund

The NTRA, Breeders' Cup Limited, and the New York Racing Association announced Friday that the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships held Oct. 27 at Belmont Park raised $2.5 million for the NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund. Since the tragedies of Sept. 11, more than $5 million has been raised from individuals worldwide in the horseracing community.

Owners, trainers, and jockeys involved in Breeders' Cup contributed to the total through pledges of purse earnings. The day was dedicated to the citizens of New York and to families affected by the terrorist attacks. Money came from a portion of each paid admission as well as from proceeds from charity auctions.

A special charity auction will be held Nov. 9 at the Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction company in Lexington, Ky., to benefit the Heroes Fund, and features breeding seasons to Point Given, Unbridled's Song, Artax, and Free House, as well as equine art and ticket and hospitality packages to the 2002 Breeders' Cup, the Triple Crown, and the Final Four.