08/15/2001 12:00AM

Philadelphia Park

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A silent auction to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be held on Labor Day at Philadelphia Park.

Among the items donated for the auction are an autographed set of racing silks signed by a group of more than 30 jockeys, including Jerry Bailey, Mike Smith, and Jorge Chavez; a football signed by members of the Philadelphia Eagles; and a framed photograph of the 1978 Belmont, featuring Affirmed and Alydar, donated and autographed by Steve Cauthen.

The auction items will be on display to the public adjacent to the paddock beginning at 10 a.m. Written bids will be accepted until 3:30 p.m.

Last year's auction raised over $4,700. The proceeds were used to purchase seven racehorses at a local horse sale who were slated to be sold for slaughter.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, based in Shrewsbury, N.J., was founded as a non-profit organization in 1982 to provide a humane retirement home for Thoroughbred racehorses when their racing careers are finished. The TFF operates farms in eight states.