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Auction on backstretch workers' behalf on card tomorrow in Mount Washington

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund, which benefits backstretch workers at the state's thoroughbred tracks, will conduct its spring fund-raiser tomorrow at Mt. Washington Tavern.

Racing memorabilia will be offered in a live auction at 7 p.m., as well as during a silent auction throughout the evening.

Live-auction items include an autographed, framed photo of Lance Armstrong, bronze statuettes and a date with personable jockey Ryan Fogelsonger.

Guest bartenders will include jockey Steve "Cowboy" Hamilton and trainer Janice Nini. One hundred Hamilton bobbleheads will be on sale for $20 apiece.

The Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund aids stable and farm workers with low incomes. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be directed to workers dealing with the hardships of cancer.

The tavern is at 5700 Newbury St. in Mount Washington.

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