The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s longstanding Share the Wins program got off to a quick start for 2016 with John Oxley, Heaven Trees, and Speedway Stables becoming the first three owners to pledge earnings from potential graded stakes wins on the Kentucky Derby trail to equine research.
Each owner has pledged to donate 1% of net purses (minus entry, trainer, and jockey fees) for graded stakes up to and including the Kentucky Derby to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
When Oxley, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a longtime board member of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, won the Kentucky Derby with Monarchos in 2001, he had already pledged 1% of the colt’s purse earnings to the foundation. This year, he has signed up his 3-year-old colt Airoforce.
Heaven Trees Farm, a Lexington, Kentucky, farm owned by Dede McGehee, DVM, is on board with Dolphus, a half-brother to Rachel Alexandra. The percentage donated from Dolphus’ graded stakes wins is earmarked to support future projects at the University of Florida.
Speedway Stables owners Peter Fluor and K. C. Weiner of Houston, Texas, made their pledge for Collected retroactive to his victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes and have made an initial contribution to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
“We appreciate the generosity of these owners in agreeing to our request to make these pledges, and we hope many others will follow their lead,” said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “It is very kind of them to share the excitement of being on the Derby Trail, and it certainly is exciting for