Just three weeks before the 2009 Breeders’ Cup, Ray Paulick and Brad Cummings were sitting at a Panera Bread searching for ways to tie in a charity event with the horse racing world championships.
Avid fans of the sport – and owners of the Paulick Report, an insider’s guide to American horse racing and the breeding industry – they came up with an idea: Together, they’d go on a trip they’d call Breeders’ Cup or Bust during which they would drive across the country over three weeks from Lexington to Santa Anita, Calif., visiting various race tracks along the way and documenting the entire journey.
After raising $75,000 for charity in their first year through donations, Paulick and Cummings decided to walk 85 miles from downtown Lexington to a Breeders’ Cup Charities brunch at the Galt House for the following year’s fundraiser, bringing in around $80,000 in donations for Breeders’ Cup Charities.
This year, however, the journey will feature a group of about 50 volunteers who will either cycle or run an 80-mile relay from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington to Churchill Downs. It’s the Paulick Report owners’ hope to raise $1,000 in donations for each mile of the 80-mile relay, for a total of $80,000.
“Ray and I walked from Keeneland to the Galt House over 10 days,” Cummings said. “We thought, we don’t want to walk across the state again, so this year we’re doing the 80-mile relay from Keeneland to Churchill. We just like the idea of doing a fundraiser that’s outside the box. We’ve been blessed to have a business that’s grown in one of the greatest recessions, and Ray and I agree, when you have success you have the duty to give back.”
The fundraiser will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, with Thomas Gaines, son of Breeders’ Cup founder John Gaines, running the first mile of the relay down U.S. 60 toward Churchill Downs. Jockeys Calvin Borel and Pat Day will then join the runners and cyclists to complete the last leg of the relay. Mayor Greg Fischer will also be in attendance to greet the jockeys once they arrive at Churchill Downs.
“This event exemplifies the kind of city and region we are, pairing Lexington and Louisville, horses and running, and raising money for three good causes,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “It’s a bonus to have Pat Day and Calvin Borel setting the pace, and helping our city achieve even greater compassion.”
Breeders’ Cup or Bust will benefit Breeders’ Cup Charities and increase awareness for three organizations: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Thoroughbred Charities of America.
“They’re all three wonderful organizations and do wonderful work,” said jockey Pat Day. “PDJF is very near and dear to my heart. I realize the ups and downs of the jockey life, and of course our greatest fear is to become disabled. It’s that segment of our rider colony that receives help from the PDJF.”
The Paulick Report, in association with Breeders’ Cup Charities, is asking for donations either through the Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser, where individuals may donate per mile of the 80-mile relay, or a one-time donation of any size to help these important causes.
If you would like to join this year’s Breeders’ Cup or Bust as a one-mile runner or volunteer, contact Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact writer Ashley Anderson at email@example.com.
Whether you’ll be one of the thousands in the stands at Churchill Downs or watching from the TV in your home or at the bar, you’ll have the best seat in town for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with the help of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Official iPhone and iPad Apps.
For its second consecutive year, The Breeders’ Cup along with App developer RockLive have launched the app for the World Championships at Churchill Downs on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5.
The app is an updated version of the 2010 application and will allow iPhone and iPad users the chance to watch all 15 of the Breeders’ Cup races live from their Apple devices.
The 2011 version will also include a new Classic section offering information on the event’s richest race, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, as well as top stories and the latest news leading up to and during the 2011 Breeders’ Cup.
Users will also be able to access important information about each of the 15 Championship races, including biographical information and current race records for all contenders in each division.
For those of you in a hurry to wager for the big race, you can utilize the wagering information section to find the closest simulcast site based on your current location. You’ll also be able to review the Betting 101 guide and determine the costs of your bets with a wagering calculator.
As for the other essentials, including a seat/facility map, post times and local weather forecasts, the app has that, too.
You can even watch any and all of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship races from 1984 to 2010 and check the TV schedule and official race day program on your iPhone or iPad.
For the tweeters out there, the app will connect you to the Breeders’ Cup Twitter page. You can also take a break from all the horseracing by playing the Breeders’ Cup trivia game, which allows you to post your scores to Facebook, Twitter or on the Worldwide Leader Board.
If you downloaded the 2010 app, you’ll still need to go back and download the updated 2011 version. To download the application click here.
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).