From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Laurel Park will hold a fundraiser and silent auction benefitting jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 13 featuring dozens of items during its Winter Carnival weekend.
Items include packages to this year’s Preakness, Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Maryland Million and Haskell, Orioles memorabilia, signed items by Hall of Fame trainers King Leatherbury and Todd Pletcher, and signed items, pictures and posters by jockeys Edgar Prado, Victor Espinoza, Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Rosie Napravnik, Joe Bravo, Kent Desormeaux, Paco Lopez, John Velazquez, Mike Smith, and the Maryland Jockey Club Colony.
Martinez, 21, was diagnosed in December with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is receiving treatment in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fray and his wife, Yelitza, are expecting their first child this spring. Part of the fundraiser will include a bone marrow registry drive by There Goes My Hero. Guests who get their cheek swabbed will receive a $2 betting voucher.
Donations can also be made to Martinez by mailing a check to the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Foundation, 500 Redland Court, Suite 105, Owings Mills, MD 21117.