Additional Funds Being Raised Through Online Auction of Breeders’ Cup Tickets, Preakness Tickets and Other Items


The first John Morris Golf Tournament, held Monday at Canewood Golf Course near Georgetown, Ky., raised in excess of $50,000 to help defray a portion of the rehabilitation expenses of Johnny Morris, the 23-year-old son of long time horse racing industry executive Joe Morris. Johnny was paralyzed in July after an accidental fall from a third-floor apartment balcony in Berkeley, Calif.

The golf tournament drew more than 120 participants and broad support from a cross section of individuals and industry organizations.

“I want to thank everyone for their support. The response has been overwhelming and very humbling,” Johnny Morris said.

Presenting sponsors of the golf tournament were Roberts Communications Network, Adena Springs, Maroevich, O’Shea and Coghlan Insurance Brokers, Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and the NTRA.

Diamond sponsors included Ashley Van Meter, Wendy Price and Santa Anita Park. Platinum sponsors included Breeders’ Cup Limited, Doc’s Equine Products, Equine Savings, Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino, Joe and Paula Hill, HRTV, Keeneland, Maryland Jockey Club, Suffolk Downs, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and Westside Rentals.

Other sponsors included AmWest Entertainment, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Claiborne Farm, Conover Tuttle Pace Advertising, Coors, Darby Dan Farm,, Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Elevation Ltd., Fasig-Tipton, Flair Nasal Strips, Florida HBPA, Golden Gate Fields, Grey Goose, Gene and Marian Guinn, Joe Asher, Chris McErlean, John Deere, Dan and Diana Gough, Hidden Brook Farm, Harness Tracks of America, Iowa HBPA, Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association, the Mike Weiss Family, National HBPA, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Nike Golf, OfficeMax, Paragon Centre, RDI Marketing Services, Turf Catering,, United States Equestrian Federation, United States Trotting Association, West Point Thoroughbreds and WinStar Farm.

Fundraising efforts continue as there are several major items being auctioned on eBay to benefit the John Joseph Morris 2012 Trust. The items include:

Two (2) Turf Club Box Seats for next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita

Courtesy Breeders’ Cup

2013 Preakness Package – Two (2) Turfside Terrace Tickets and Two-Nights Hotel Accommodation

Courtesy Maryland Jockey Club

1-Year Subscription to Daily Racing Form Online Past Performances

Courtesy Daily Racing Form Black Barn and Fence Paint – Two (2) 55-gallon drums of FP300

Courtesy Equine Savings Partner

Bidding on the eBay items concludes on October 24.

Individuals or organizations also can contribute directly to Johnny Morris’ rehabilitation by calling or visiting any Chase Bank branch location and referring to the “John Joseph Morris 2012 Trust”.

Contributions can be made by mail to:

“John Joseph Morris 2012 Trust”

C/O Chase Bank

1785 Alexandria Drive

Lexington, KY 40504

For further information, call Evan Ezell at Chase Bank at (859) 231-2554 or Heather Brown at the NTRA at (859) 422-1201.