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The BLC’s 2nd Derby Handicapping Social was a tremendous success, as guests were treated to a night of fun and education revolving around our organization! Led by an introduction from major BLC supporter and Purses for a Purpose founder Brook Smith, the event was kicked off with a rundown of what we have been up to this year and our recent accomplishments while also highlighting the unique challenges that racetrack workers face day in and day out. 


We then got to hear from Mike Snyder, who gave an inspired speech about his late father, Fred Snyder, who was previously the president of the Board of Directors at the BLC and was receiving the BLC Legacy Award posthumously. Detailing his father’s life and his love and dedication for his work, Mike emphasized how closely his father’s passion and work ethic mirrored that of those who work along the backside. 


Ending with a handicapping panel moderated by NBC’s Donna Barton Brothers and featuring horse racing experts Caton Bredar, Joe Kristufek, and Gabby Gaudet, attendees were given the opportunity to learn about this year’s Derby horses and identify the true contenders in the race. The BLC is grateful for these major figures in the sport for their continued support of the BLC! 

Overall, the event generated over $15,000 in revenue which will be invested directly into our programming, and this will make a significant impact on our operations as we really kick into gear following the Derby. In addition to speakers and attendees, we would like to send a huge thank you to our venue sponsor, Louisville Thoroughbred Society, as well as sponsors Spendthrift Farm, Rabbit Hole, Horsemen’s Track & Equipment, Sea Warrior Stables, and H2R Consulting! We would not have been able to host this event without their generosity and support, and we are already looking forward to next year! 

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