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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Frankie Valli to Perform at Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration


The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Monmouth University Scholarship Fund, Monmouth Park Charities, and other charities of local interest will be the beneficiaries when Breeders' Cup Limited hosts its 2007 Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration on Friday, October 26.

This year's venue is Monmouth University's Wilson Hall at the Jersey Shore and the entertainment will be provided by the original "Jersey Boy," Frankie Valli.

"I can't think of a more appropriate performer for a Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration taking place in New Jersey," said Greg Avioli, president and chief executive officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd. "We are excited that in addition to helping the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which does so much to foster equine research, we can also help provide for our host, Monmouth University, and other charities important to the area."

Originally a solo performer, Valli became a household name in the early 1960s after his first group, the Variatones and later the Four Lovers, became the Four Seasons in 1962. He also remained popular as a solo singer with hits such as "(You''re Gonna) Hurt Yourself" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." His first solo No. 1 hit came in 1975 with "My Eyes Adored You."

In 1990, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is a leading provider of equine medical research funding aimed at enhancing the health, safety and soundness of all horses. In 2007, the foundation is underwriting 21 specific projects for $1,105,045, including three new projects devoted to the study of laminitis, the often fatal hoof disease that plagued Barbaro for so much of his recuperative period following his injury in last year's Preakness Stakes.

Located in West Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth University is a leading comprehensive, private institution that offers coeducational undergraduate and graduate degrees and 50 distinctive curricular programs. The university is approximately one hour from Manhattan and Philadelphia and is within walking distance to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Monmouth University combines the state-of-the-art facilities and vibrant environment of a large institution with the individual attention of a small, liberal arts college. For more information, visit Monmouth University on the World Wide Web at

Additional information about the Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly at (212) 521-5305 or, or Jenifer Van Deinse at (212) 521-5327 or

Breeders' Cup Limited administers the Breeders' Cup World Championships; Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of 11 races and $23 million in purses. The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, at Monmouth Park. The organization also administers the Breeders' Cup Challenge qualifying series, and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program. Breeders' Cup Ltd. is located in Lexington, Ky. Breeders' Cup press releases appear on the Breeders' Cup Web site,

Contact: Shannon K. Luce
(859) 224-2716