(Rich Strike / Coady Photography)

A new item will be offered up for auction at The Louisville Thoroughbred Society’s “Coats for Coats” fund-raiser on Friday, Dec. 16.

And, a big one, at that.

A “cooler blanket” worn by 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike has been donated by trainer Eric Reed and will be added to the celebrity collection of collectibles that will be offered from 6 p.m. ET to 8:30 p.m..

LTS’ Members (and their guests) and Investors will be invited  to attend a special Holiday Open House at the private club’s Louisville facility and be able to bid on all of the auction items at the event.

Those interested in placing bids on the items included in the event — where 100% of the proceeds and bids accepted will benefit “The Backside Learning Center”, a non-profit organization based at Churchill Downs — will be able to call-in to three specified phone numbers that night.

Live bids will be updated on this website every five minutes and the current leading bid will be activated for every item offered. Stay tuned for more details on how you can participate in this event and help raise money for the backside workers at the famed racetrack.

In addition to the auction and the donations it will help raise, LTS members are being asked to donate articles of new clothing, mittens, hats, sweatshirts, gift cards and other needed items to benefit the backside community.

Just a few days ago, Churchill Downs announced that it would keep the famed track’s backside open for winter training for the first time ever to assist the horsemen and women who are currently stabled in Kentucky and are filling races at the new and improved Turfway Park.

As a result, many backside workers who normally make their way South to tracks located in Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana are now going to stay in Kentucky for the winter.

The list of auction items now include:

LIST OF AUCTION ITEMS

  1. Horse Blanket worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Reserve set at $1,000). Donated by Ashford Stud, with many thanks to Charlie O’Conner and Dermot Weld. Special Note: If the final bid reaches $2,000 or more, then Ashford will donate a second blanket and make it available to the under-bidder for the same final price as the first, as well.

  1. Horse Blanket worn by Triple Crown winner Justify (Reserve set at $1,000). Donated by Ashford Stud, with many thanks to Charlie O’Conner and Dermot Weld. Special Note: If the final bid reaches $2,000 or more, then Ashford will donate a second blanket and make it available to the under-bidder for the same final price as the first, as well.

  1. Horse Blanket worn by Into Mischief, one of the world’s leading and most successful sires. (Reserve set at $1,000). Donated by Spendthrift Farm, with many thanks to Mark Toothaker. The amazing son of Harlan’s Holiday has led the North American sire list in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

  1. Horse Blanket worn by Not This Time, the sire of 2022 KY Derby runner-up Epicenter and one of the top young stallions in the industry today. (Reserve set at $1,000). Donated by the Albaugh Family and Taylor Made Farm, with many thanks to Jason Loutsch.

5. Horse Blanket worn by 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. Donated by trainer Eric Reed, with many thanks to all the horse’s connections.

6. Sports Coat worn and donated by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

7. Riding pants worn and donated by top female rider Chantal         Sutherland, who has been a leading rider in both Canada and the United States.

8. Sports Coat worn and donated by Wes Henderson, owner and Master Distiller at Angel’s Envy Distillery in downtown Louisville. The select bourbon has rapidly become one of the most sought-after bottles in the world today.

9. Admission and a reserved Table for 8 (which includes all food and alcohol sales) for one day of the Opening Labor Day Weekend Card at Kentucky Downs. Valued at $1,200.

10. A 3-bottle set of select Bourbons, crafted and bottled specifically for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society.

Stay tuned for additional and special auction items to be added to the list.