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Borel to be Honored at March 25 Hartack Gala

Each year the Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation hosts an Award Ceremony to honor the Kentucky Derby’s winning jockey. This year’s recipient, Louisiana native and two-time Kentucky Derby winner, Calvin Borel, will be recognized at the Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation Reception and Award Ceremony, part of Louisiana Derby week at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the Churchill Downs-owned facility in New Orleans.  

The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation Reception and Award Ceremony will be co-hosted with Fair Grounds and will take place Thursday, March 25, 2010, 7-9 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Fair Grounds Clubhouse. Tickets are $100 per person and tables of eight are available for $1,200.

The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation was established by the Friends of Bill Hartack to honor the memory and lifetime achievements of the five-time Kentucky Derby winner. In addition to recognizing the jockey who rode the most recent Kentucky Derby winner, the Foundation also has a philanthropic goal to annually contribute to The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Borel won the Kentucky Derby in 2007 aboard Street Sense, owned by James B. Tafel and trained by Carl Nafzger, and again in 2009 on Mine That Bird, owned by Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach and trained by Chip Woolley. The 2009 win was an especially momentous occasion in thoroughbred racing as Borel rode Mine That Bird to victory despite 50-1 odds, the second-longest shot to win in Kentucky Derby history. Borel guided Mine That Bird past 18 horses in only 21 seconds, leading to his victory margin of 6¾ lengths, the greatest in the past 65 years of the Derby. Borel and Mine That Bird were featured on the cover of the May 2009 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine for what they called a “miracle in the mud.”

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation website at www.billhartackfoundation.com, or contact Christine Gourgeot at (504) 293-2647 or cgourgeot@nocci.com.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event--an opportunity which includes program advertising, table reservations and priority seating--please click here to view a letter to potential sponsors from Michael Stidham, Eddie Sapir and Tad Dowd and click here to access a sponsorship form.