Pink Kickoff Party Raises Money For Coa, TRAC

Pink Kickoff Party Raises Money For Coa, TRAC

04/02/2011

 HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino raised nearly $20,000 Friday night during its ‘Pink Cocktail Reception’ which kicked off Florida Derby Weekend.

The event was held in Gulfstream’s walking ring where the water from the famous shooting fountains was turned pink in honor of Saturday’s Ladies Day events. Several items were auctioned off by Gulfstream handicapper Ron Nicoletti, including a bat signed by Major League Baseball’s three-time MVP Albert Pujols, a four prints by Fred Stone, a Dan Marino jersey, diamond ring, a Soldat halter, and a photograph by Bob Coglianese.

Proceeds from the reception and auction will be donated to jockey Eibar Coa, who continues to recover from a spill Feb. 18, and the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement & Adoptive Care Program (TRAC).

“The pink cocktail reception was another wonderful Florida Derby event,” said Gulfstream President & GM Steve Calabro. “Our owners, trainers, jockeys and fans once again stepped up to help support two worthy causes.”

Earlier in the week, Coa made his first public appearance during the inaugural Florida Derby Golf Tournament.