•Papa John's Pizza to Support Aftercare, 10/7•
In advance of the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland, Papa John's Pizza yesterday announced a partnership with Breeders' Cup and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) to support Thoroughbred aftercare.
Beginning Oct. 1, go to PapaJohns.com and enter promo code TAA13 to receive one large two-topping pizza and garlic or cinnamon knots for just $13 with $1 from each Breeders' Cup Special donated to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. This offer is valid online only at all participating Lexington and Louisville locations until 11/01/15.
his unique partnership was announced at Old Friends Farm near Georgetown, Ky., a TAA-accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organization and home to numerous equine celebrities such as 1997 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Silver Charm and Breeders' Cup Champions Gulch, Eldaafer, and Amazombie.
Executives from Papa John's, Breeders' Cup and the TAA were joined by Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends, and Hall of Fame jockey and nine-time Breeders' Cup winner Chris McCarron to make the announcement.
"I hope the TAA gets as much publicity from this promotion as possible so it snowballs and other companies step up to the plate to help this wonderful cause," McCarron said.
"Papa John's is honored to partner with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance by offering a fundraising special during the Breeder's Cup Championship season," said Lynn McQuillen, operations vice president of Papa John's. "We visited Old Friends Farm and saw firsthand the great work they do. They take great strides in ensuring that the horses are well taken care of and enjoy their retirement years."
•Bergstein Award Presentations Set for Nov. 12, 10/7•
Ben Nichols, senior manager of media and communications for the World Anti-Doping Agency, and racetrack operator Jeff Gural will be featured speakers at Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation.
The event will take place Nov. 12 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Lexington.
The purpose of the $25,000 award is to encourage and honor strong, investigative journalism on the topic of horse racing in America, according to a release from Team Valor.
Gural operates the Meadowlands, Vernon Downs, and Tioga Downs racetracks and spends around $150,000 annually on integrity initiatives.
"As the award has grown in prominence and visibility over the last few years, we have decided to move the presentation program to a larger venue and increase the number and profile of the speakers," Team Valor president Barry Irwin said in a statement. "We have also invited several college, high school, and young equine professional groups from the Central Kentucky area to attend."
The Stan Bergstein Writing Award will cover the period from Nov. 2, 2014-Nov. 1, 2015 and is open to stories about horse racing for a U.S. publication or website. Team Valor has nominated six stories to date and will turn all the candidates over to five judges who will select a winner. This year's judges are Randy Moss of NBC Sports, veteran Turf writer Steve Haskin, long-time Turf writer and publicist Lynne Snierson, owner-breeder George Strawbridge, and Jon White of Santa Anita Park.