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Second Stride fundraiser features expert panel to help with Derby picks

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racing historian Bill Doolittle will be signing copies of his new book The Kentucky Derby, the first tech-engaged book written about the world’s greatest race (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) racing historian Bill Doolittle will be signing copies of his new book The Kentucky Derby, the first tech-engaged book written about the world’s greatest race (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
Bill Doolittle's new Kentucky Derby book (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB) Bill Doolittle's new Kentucky Derby book (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Need help picking your Kentucky Derby horse?

A quintet of racing’s most respected analysts and turf journalists will be on hand Monday as part of a major fundraiser for Second Stride, the local non-profit organization providing professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement for retired thoroughbred racehorses.

You can join the festivities at Molly Malone’s Highlands, 933 Baxter Ave., for Second Stride’s annual Derby Preview Party at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2.

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.”

Racing fans can mingle with Kentucky 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 also 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.

In addition, racing historian Bill Doolittle will be signing copies of his new book The Kentucky Derby, the first tech-engaged book written about the world’s greatest race.

Admission is a suggested $20 donation.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached @tkonz on Twitter or at (502)585-0838

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