A fundraising event held Saturday evening at McCarthy’s Pub in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, to supporting beloved Central Kentucky horseman Mark’ Snake’ Thompson created over $140,000, reported Jack Brother, one of the event’s organizers.
” The turnout was perfectly remarkable ,” told Brother, who estimates that a live auction created $120,000, with” probably another $20,000″ created through a silent auction.” McCarthy’s is pretty spread-out, but I would have to think we had 200 people here. Our thanks go to all the farms and individuals who donated. It was genuinely a terrific outpouring from the horse community. People came ready to expend and support the effort. Fairly much everyone in township for the[ Fasig-Tipton Kentucky] sale were here, and if they didn’t buy, the latter are the underbidders. We appreciate all the supporting .”
Thompson, a former jockey’ valet who most recently was lead prove human at Thoroughbred marketings, is recovering from a debilitating stroke suffered just before last year’s Keeneland November sale. The fundraiser comes on the heels of a GoFundMe campaign organized by the racing industry on Thompson’s behalf. The campaign has raised over $75,000 over the past eight months.
Among the auction items available were halters from all three 2017 Triple Crown race winners and superstar Thoroughbreds like Arrogate, American Pharoah, Curlin and Nyquist. Premium seating at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Saratoga and Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, is likewise donated.