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Master of Ceremonies Coach D Robinson greeted 145 guests November 3 at the 9th annual RTCA White Horse Award ceremony at Churchill Downs.
The auction and luncheon raise funds in support of racetrack ministry and chaplain training.
Two outstanding individuals and one organization were honored for their contribution to horse racing and for their benefit to mankind.
The award recipients were:
White Horse Award – Remington’s Jeremy Best
Tribute to Excellence – the late Pimlico legend Chick Lang
Community Service Award – National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association
Bill Casner, owner of Well Armed and winner of the 2009 Dubai World Cup, gave a moving keynote address about the story of Well Armed, born the same day as his late daughter Karri.
“Well Armed carried Susan and me to the highest mountain top we’ve ever been on,” Casner said. “He had what my dear mother referred to as gumption.”
This year’s White Horse Award recipient was Jeremy Best, who was recognized for his heroics both on and off the track (see sidebar story in Nov. e-newsletter).
Special tribute went to the late Charles John “Chick” Lang, the longtime general manager of Pimlico Race Course and an industry legend who became known as “Mr. Preakness” for his promotion and transformation of the Preakness Stakes into a premier spectacle.
“Chick Lang was the champion of the little guy,” said racing executive Corey Johnsen. “He would work tirelessly for those less fortunate.”
The RTCA Community Service Award was presented to the national Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, an organization with over 35,000 owner and trainer members throughout the United States and Canada, for their positive impact on the horse racing industry — specifically to the backstretch community.
“Their heart runs deep,” said Chaplain John Shumaker, chaplain at Turf Paradise Race Track in AZ. “They (HBPA) are there to support the horsemen on every level… they plant seeds of hope and love.”
A special thanks to these members of the White Horse Awards committee: Lee Alphen, Ken Boehm, Gary Cartwright, Mike Crayton, Diana Elam, Arnie Frazee, Carolyn Linder, Waverly Parsons, Patsy Payne, Suzanne Ransdell, Paul Ransdell, Pam Sears, Susan Watkins, and Marty Way.
The White Horse Award has been bestowed annually to industry applause since 2003, but 2011 promises to be the most exciting ever. The luncheon is slated for Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m., in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at legendary Churchill Downs.
The signature award – the White Horse – is presented to the backstretch worker who has done something heroic on behalf of human or horse. According to retired jockey Pay Day, who co-hosted the awards ceremony in 2008-2010, “I think it’s God’s plan that every day someone does something heroic on a certain level” (Blood-Horse.com, 1 Oct. 2009).
Nominations are being accepted through September for the 2011 award. Submit nominations to RTCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But that’s not all!
This year’s featured speaker is owner of Well Armed – winner of 2009 Dubai World Cup – Bill Casner.
Also, the annual Community Service Award will be presented to HBPA for its service to horsemen across the nation and its widespread support for racetrack chaplaincies.
And a special tribute will honor the late Chick Lang, affectionately known by many as “Mr. Preakness” for his impact on that annual event during his career at Pimlico from 1960 to 1987.
Tickets are $125 each, or $1,100 for table of 10. Call (859) 410-7822, or email email@example.com.