Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:00 AM
Belmont Stakes favorite, Afleet Alex, draws attention to cancer research
FLORENCE, KY . . . June 8, 2005 . . . Turfway Park will join racetracks around the country this Saturday, June 11, in hosting Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Belmont Stakes Day. Proceeds from Turfway’s stand will be directed to The Cancer Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Turfway’s gates open at 11:15 a.m. for a full day of simulcasting, including the Belmont Stakes at 6:38 p.m. The lemonade stand will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a non-profit group dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research. The group is named for Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who died August 1, 2004, at the age of 8 after a seven-year fight with cancer. As a four-year-old, Alex held a lemonade stand that raised more than $2,000 for “her” Connecticut hospital, and she continued to hold a stand each summer until her death. By then others had taken up her cause, with interest sparked by national media coverage. Alex’s parents, Jay and Liz Scott, founded the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to continue her work.
Turfway’s stand will get a boost from sales of a limited edition poster by official Belmont Stakes artist Charles Fazzino. The poster, available for a minimum $10 donation, shows a racetrack scene that features a lemonade stand. Like other participating tracks, Turfway has been allotted 50 posters; exclusively at Turfway, however, the posters will be signed by Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen, the last rider to win the Triple Crown.
As an added incentive, Turfway will give away a $100 betting voucher for the Belmont Stakes. Anyone 18 or older who donates a dollar or more to the lemonade stand will be eligible for the random drawing. The winner will be announced about 15 minutes before the race goes off and must be present to claim the voucher.
The story of Alex’s Lemonade Stand spread among race fans via the Triple Crown campaign of Afleet Alex. The horse is owned by Cash is King Stable, which donates a portion of Afleet Alex’s earnings and related merchandise sales to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. After finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, Afleet Alex stunned the racing world by winning the Preakness Stakes despite colliding with an errant rival in the homestretch and falling nearly to his knees. He is likely to be the favorite in the Belmont Stakes this Saturday. Afleet Alex is prominently featured on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand web site, www.alexslemonade.com.
An Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day brought in $11,000. Two stands at Pimlico on Preakness Day brought in $18,000. This Saturday, two stands at Belmont Park and stands at simulcast sites such as Turfway Park are part of National Alex’s Lemonade Days, June 10-12. The foundation’s goals for the weekend are 1,000 stands and $1 million for childhood cancer research.