Racing Goggles From Super Filly Rachel Alexandra’s Historic Haskell Win go on Auction Block to Help ‘V Foundation’
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Bidding for the third item in the Kendall-Jackson/Rachel Alexandra Running Auction started today with an opening bid of $1,000 for the three pairs of racing goggles worn by jockey Calvin Borel as he rode his super filly to victory in the Haskell Stakes last month–her second win over the colts in her historic 2009 campaign. The proceeds from the auction will go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
The victory goggles, signed by Borel, owner Jess Jackson and trainer Steve Asmussen, are virtually dirt-free, since Rachel Alexandra was never directly behind any horse in the muddy race. (A New York Times article described the winner’s circle for Rachel Alexandra’s Haskell run, saying, “Borel . . . handed over…pairs of goggles he had just worn for Jackson’s charity to auction off in its effort to fight breast cancer. Tellingly, not a single one had a speck of dirt or splatter of mud.”)
In June Kendall-Jackson Winery announced the five-month-long charity auction featuring items, donated by winery owners Jess Jackson and his wife, Barbara Banke, that are related to Rachel Alexandra’s already-historic thoroughbred racing season. A new item and new auction will be introduced every month through November.
Earlier this week, Peter Martine of Sunnyvale, California, bid $5,800 to win the second item in the auction: the blue and white saddle towel worn by Rachel Alexandra in her 19-length Mother Goose Stakes win in June. So far, the first two items in the auction have raised $8,659.99 for The V Foundation.
Each auction item has a “blind reserve” bid amount–that amount is guaranteed by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke to be the least amount donated to the charity–even if bidding is below that amount and the item is not sold.
The final, Grand Item will be auctioned in November. The cumulative total of all auction proceeds will be presented to The V Foundation after Rachel Alexandra’s last race of the season, or no later than November 30, 2009.
As bids are taken and recorded on the www.kj.com site, a real-time total shows where the price stands at any given moment. In addition, a cumulative total of money raised to date will be featured on the Kendall-Jackson web site home page.
Every month, the winning bidders will be posted and announced to the press (unless they decline to be identified). Though 100% of each auction purchase will go The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a nonprofit qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, purchases of auction items are not tax-deductible.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993. Since that time The V Foundation has raised more than $80 million and has awarded cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers have developed their laboratories and taken their science from the labs to the clinics with the help of funds raised by The V Foundation.
SOURCE Kendall-Jackson Winery