Sunday, July 27, 2008
How’s Your Halo is Heaven-Sent for Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 26, 2008) – When Brian Prichard’s How’s Your Halo finished second in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) behind the country’s top-ranked sprinter Benny the Bull on July 12 at Calder Race Course, the folks at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida may have not been aware of what an important accomplishment it was. But after local country radio station WKIS 99.9 FM held a “radiothon” benefiting the organization on Friday, July 25, they now know.
A father of two young children, Prichard was inspired by the stories he heard on the radio and Calder’s involvement and phoned in at the end of the broadcast to offer a portion of How’s Your Halo’s earnings to Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital. A stakes horse that runs in races with large purses, How’s Your Halo has already earned $101,548 in 2008. Prichard is donating 1% of what the horse has already earned this year ($1,015) and 1% of his earnings for the remainder of the year.
“This is for the kids,” said Prichard, a retired polo player whose wife Marti is a former pediatric intensive care unit nurse. “We are lucky to have what we have and are blessed with two healthy children (Brandon, 7, and William, 4). This horse has also been a blessing and hopefully he’ll be one for the kids (at Joe DiMaggio’s), too. He has the perfect name.”
Prior to the Smile Sprint, How’s Your Halo finished second in the $100,000 Ponche Handicap on June 14 and was third in an allowance race prior to that in his first start of 2008, both at Calder. The 5-year-old horse has started 26 times in his career that began at Ohio’s Thistledown racetrack on November 19, 2005 for lifetime earnings of $310,048.
Prichard is looking at two races for How’s Your Halo’s next start: the $175,000 Pat O’Brien Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) on Aug. 24 at Del Mar (California) and the $250,000 Forego Handicap (G1) on Aug. 30 at Saratoga (New York). How’s Your Halo finished fourth in the Forego last year behind some of the country’s top sprinters.
Now in addition to the rooting by the young Brandon and William Prichard, How’s Your Halo is sure to have a new cheering section, full of the folks from Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.
Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital: http://www.jdch.com/
KISS Cares for Kids Radiothon (with link to donate): http://www.wkis.com/index.php?page=929
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