Saturday, June 11, 2011

NYRA joined the Race for Education in their announcement of the Olivia M. Saylor/ Fleet Indian Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day

NYRA was proud to name the first race on Belmont Stakes Day for the Race for Education. NYRA President and CEO, Charles Hayward, joined the Race for Education in their announcement of the Olivia M. Saylor/Fleet Indian Stakes to run at Saratoga Race Course on July 31st. Formerly known as the Fleet Indian Stakes, the race has been named to honor the memory of Olivia M. Saylor.
Olivia M. Saylor died tragically on January 1, 2011. She and her family campaigned Grade 1 winners, Purge and Monba, and multiple Grade 1 winner and dual Eclipse champion, Ashado in partnership with Starlight Stables. Olivia is credited with naming Ashado and she campaigned Older New York Horse of the Year and Eclipse Champion, Fleet Indian, and graded states winners including Phil the Grip, Older New York Male Champion.
Olivia's father, Paul Saylor, is a board member of the Race for Education which has provided scholarships over the last five years to New York residents whose families are involved in the Thoroughbred industry.
Elizabeth Jensen, Executive Director of the Race for Education, joined Victoria Casso, 2011 recipient of the Fleet Indian Scholarship in Memory of Olivia M. Saylor. The Race for Education plans to award over $80,000 in scholarship funding to worthy recipients this year.