04/08/2016 11:23AM

Earle Mack donates $100K to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

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Earle Mack, the Thoroughbred owner-breeder, has donated $100,000 to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation in memory of former Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps, who died on Wednesday, the foundation announced Friday.

In a release, Mack said that he donated the money as a tribute to Phipps, who was instrumental in establishing the foundation and supporting its causes while chairman of the Jockey Club from 1983-2015. Mack is a member of the Jockey Club and was also a board member of the New York Racing Association with Phipps.

Phipps was “the pinnacle of leadership, who fought every step as an advocate for the health of the horse and integrity of racing,” Mack said, in the release. The release described Mack as a “boyhood friend” of Phipps, who was 75 when he died.

The Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation distributes funds for equine-related scientific research. The Phipps family had asked for donations to the foundation in lieu of flowers.

Also on Friday, the Phipps family announced that a memorial service for Phipps will be held on April 12 at 11 a.m. at St. James Church in New York City.