Monday, July 28, 2014

Princess of Sylmar supports St. Baldrick's Foundation; Saratoga leading jockey, trainer to sign autographs for charity

The New York Racing Association, Inc.



Monday, July 28, 2014


Contact: Jenny Kellner


Princess of Sylmar supports St. Baldrick's Foundation;

Saratoga leading jockey, trainer to sign autographs for charity


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Reigning Saratoga Race Course champion trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano will sign autographs to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation on Sunday, August 3 as part of Fasig-Tipton's Festival of Racing.


Pletcher and Castellano will be available from 11 a.m. to noon during the special event, to be held at the Jockeys' Silks Room porch. Only one item per guest will be signed.


Guests who make a voluntary donation to benefit children's cancer research will receive an autographed hat, poster or T-shirt donated by Princess of Sylmar, with all proceeds going to the St. Baldrick's Foundation.


"I have always thought Princess of Sylmar is a blessing and gift to be shared," said the filly's principal owner, Ed Stanco. "St. Baldrick's Foundation is a true miracle and I am appreciative that the Princess is able to contribute to the race for a cure for childhood cancer."

Pletcher, 47, trainer of Princess of Sylmar, has captured four straight Saratoga training titles and 10 overall since his first in 1998, and has twice won the track's signature race, the Grade 1 Travers, with Flower Alley in 2005 and Stay Thirsty in 2011. In 2013, he trained Princess of Sylmar to four consecutive Grade I wins and received his sixth Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer. He has trained 10 horses to 11 year-end championships.


Castellano, 36, won his first Saratoga riding title last summer. He led the country in wins, including the Busher, Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama and Beldame stakes aboard Princess of Sylmar, and set a North American single-season record in purses earned with $26,213,507 in 2013 en route to his first Eclipse award as top jockey. A three-time winner of the Travers, he won five races on a single card at Saratoga in 2004, 2005 and 2010.


About St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick's coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $152 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit







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