Fundraiser For Industry Vet Mark ‘Snake’ Thompson Set For July 8

by | 07.05.2017 | 1:02pm
Mark 'Snake' Thompson (photo courtesy Thompson's GoFundMe page)

A fundraiser for longtime thoroughbred industry veteran Mark “Snake” Thompson will be held at McCarthy's in downtown Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, July 8. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature entertainment by Fionn McLaughlin as well as live and silent auctions.

Thompson is on the mend from a debilitating stroke suffered just prior to last year's Keeneland November Sale. The horse industry immediately rallied to Thompson's aid with a GoFundMe campaign and this week's fundraiser and auction are the latest efforts to take care of one of their own.

Among the items auction items are halters from all three 2017 Triple Crown race winners as well as halters worn by Arrogate, American Pharoah, Nyquist and Curlin. Premium seating at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Saratoga and Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals were also generously donated.

Chris Farrell will serve as auctioneer and auctions items can still be donated through Thursday, July 5 by calling Jack Brothers at 859-509-0879.

“Snake is one of the true unsung heroes in the horse business. The way people stepped up when he first got sick and the way they've remained at his side is testament to that,” said event coordinator Pat Costello. “He's just had a tremendous impact on the lives so many people, both personally and professionally. We're all determined to see him back at 100%.”

McCarthy's is located at 117 South Upper Street. Donations can also be made directly by visiting

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