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Participants up for the Breeders Crown Charity challenge

September 10, 2022

MILTON, September 10, 2022 – The launch of the 2022 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge (BCCC), sponsored by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is at the post.

Established in 2019 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the BCCC has raised more than $800,000 for local charities of each year’s Breeders Crown host track. In 2021, the challenge set a new event record, raising over $400,000 for charities in The Meadowlands (East Rutherford, New Jersey) area.

This year’s event is also shaping up to be something special.

The format showcases four teams, with each entry comprised of a prominent owner, their charity of choice, and a Woodbine leading driver, competing to net the largest donation amount from a minimum pool of $200,000.

The four teams are listed below:

Team Brad Grant/Doug McNair – Charity: Milton District Hospital Foundation

Team Determination/Bob McClure – Charity: Kids Help Phone Line

Team Steve Heimbecker/James MacDonald – Charity: Pine River Institute

Team Libfeld-Katz/Louis-Philippe Roy – Charity: Toronto General Hospital Heart Research Centre – SickKids Hospital Toronto

Each team has pledged $25,000, which guarantees their charity of choice a minimum donation in that amount. An additional $100,000 has been raised through donations made by industry participants.

With a minimum $25,000 guaranteed to be directed to each charity, the additional monies will be decided through a Driver Challenge and Social Media Challenge.

“This is a great addition to an already exciting event,” said Bob McClure. “It’s one more thing that adds to the excitement of the Breeders Crown. I’m really happy to be part of it.”

A sentiment echoed by reinsman Doug McNair.

“I’m looking forward to teaming up with my fellow drivers to help raise money for some very worthwhile charities.”

$50,000 will be distributed to the charities based on each driver’s performance in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Lampman Cup standings. The team with the driver earning the most points in the OSS season will be awarded $20,000. The remaining $30,000 will be distributed as $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively, based on each driver’s ranking in the standings.

Beginning September 0, $50,000 will be directed to the charities based on each team’s social media engagement. The team creating the most engagement by using #Crown22 and a team hashtag will earn $20,000. The remaining $30,000 will be distributed as $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, based on each team’s engagement numbers.

In addition to the various challenges, the popular Cocktails For A Cause will again be held at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday, October 4, providing another opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the charities.

The 2022 Breeders Crown presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership will take place on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

“We are looking forward to putting on a first-class event and making this year’s Breeders Crown one of the most memorable editions in its storied history,” said Jim Lawson, Woodbine Entertainment CEO. “From a world-class night of racing, to raising money and awareness for deserving charities, to the support of so many passionate and caring horse people, this year’s Breeders Crown is something we can all truly be proud of.”

The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the generous support of the following individuals and groups:

Marvin Katz

Al Libfeld


Brad Grant

Steve Heimbecker

Bob McClure

Doug McNair

James MacDonald

Louis-Philippe Roy

Diamond Pledges:

Alagna Racing

Bettors Delight Syndicate – Blue Chip Farms

Hanover Shoe Farms

Hunterton Farm

Southwind Farms

Lindy Farms

Brittany Farms

Muscle Mass – Bob Brady

Seelster Farms

Tara Hills Stud

Winbak Farm

Additional Pledges:

Carmen Auciello

John Bax

Cameo Hills Farm

Richard Moreau


Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms

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