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Old Friends Kickoff Party July 20

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Old Friends (Frankel Division) at Cabin Creek will offer a very interesting auction item at its Kickoff Cocktail Party fundraiser on Saturday, July 20, a parade ring pennant bearing the name of Frankel, autographed by jockey Tom Queally and his late trainer, Sir Henry Cecil.

The pennant was used at the 2011 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, the eighth of the undefeated Frankel's 14 career victories. The son of Galileo, owned by Juddmonte Farms, ran his last race last October. Cecil, considered one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport, died of cancer at the age of 72 on June 11.

The Old Friends at Cabin Creek division, and the eponymous horse, were named after the late Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, who trained many of Juddmonte's star horses in North America.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik will host the Old Friends Cocktail Party, which will run from 7-11 p.m. at the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club in Wilton. The event will include hors d'oeuvres, buffet stations and dessert catered by chef John Ireland and live music performed by the jazz combo Fresh.

The pennant from the 2011 Goodwood is the first significant piece of Frankel memorabilia to come to the U.S. Also up for auction will be the silks worn by Jerry Bailey when Cigar won the 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic, among other items. The silks are framed and signed by Bailey, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and owners Allen and Madeleine Paulson.

All funds raised by the live auction will help support the retired horses at Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Tickets for the fundraiser are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit or call 518-698-2377.

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