‘Derby Preview Party’ To Benefit Second Stride Set For May 2

by | 04.29.2016 | 11:15am

Don't be shut out at the office when someone asks, “Who's your Derby horse?”

Whether you're a racing novice to aficionado, a quintet of racing's most respected analysts and turf journalists can help you hone in on your Kentucky Derby selection by sharing their views and insights as part of the major fundraiser for Second Stride, a leader in the professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses.

Join the festivities at Molly Malone's Highlands, 933 Baxter Ave., on Monday, May 2, for Second Stride's annual Derby Preview Party. Skychai Racing, the Louisville-based horse-racing partnership headed by Dr. Harvey Diamond and Jim Shircliff, is a driving force behind the popular fundraiser and is sponsoring a conversation with Derby experts going on record with the horses they like – and don't like – in America's toughest race to handicap.

Get the insights of TVG and WAVE-3 racing analyst Caton Bredar, Daily Racing Form writer-handicapper Byron King, Churchill Downs' Gary Palmisano, winningponies.com maestro John Engelhardt and Hall of Fame turf writer Jennie Rees for free as part of the party.

“We're a supporter of Second Stride,” Diamond said. “We think this is a good way to get even more interest. Everybody loves these racing experts and would love to hear them talk about the Derby. We thought this was a great way to stir up excitement for Second Stride.”

Skychai's sponsorship was in play even before their current stable star, multiple stakes-winner Da Big Hoss, captured Keeneland's Grade II Elkhorn last Saturday.

“Possibly the racing gods gave us this horse so that we can help those who are less fortunate,” Diamond said. “We like to give back to the industry.”

Racing fans can mingle with Derby jockeys and horsemen in attendance to support the mission of taking care of horses after they are through racing. Molly Malone's is contributing 10 percent of sales on the day to Second Stride, with all proceeds from the event earmarked for the cause. The event includes silent and live auctions of racing memorabilia and unique experiences. Legendary equine auctioneer Walt Robertson will oversee the live bidding, with actress/journalist JoLynn Johnson the event emcee. Admission is a suggested $20 donation.

Shircliff Publishing will sell copies of the Bill Doolittle-authored The Kentucky Derby, the first tech-engaged book written about the world's greatest race, at the event to benefit Second Stride.

The event starts at 6 p.m. ET, Monday, May 2 at Molly Malone's, 933 Baxter Ave., Louisville. Post time for the handicapping session is 7 p.m.

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