As so many things do these days, the idea came from a group of friends chatting online. Earlier this month, Nicole Meiner asked a simple question on Twitter: What’s something on your bucket list that seems like a silly idea?
From the resulting thread, an idea was born: Why not cross off a bucket-list item and raise money for a good cause at the same time? Ten Twitter users volunteered to take place in a pie-eating contest via streaming video to raise funds for The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for the sport’s backstretch workers in times of need.
Now known as the Battle for the Backside: Pies Against COVID-19, the concept was sponsored by Runhappy as well as Pyrois Media and Julie Witt. The contest has drawn a field of 10 contestants: Alex Sausville of New York; Bailey Armour of Kentucky; Gloria Houston of Long Island, N.Y.; Jessica Paquette of Boston, Mass.; Josh Burns of Kentucky; Penelope Miller of New York, N.Y.; Sophie Shore of Westchester, N.Y.; Steven Cargill of England; Travis Wilson of Long Island, N.Y.; and John Cannie of New York.
Each participant will acquire a fruit pie of their choosing at the standard 9-inch diameter, and fans can place “bets” on their favorites by making a donation to The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. To make a “bet,” simply send a screenshot of the donation to the Safety Net Foundation to the event’s Twitter or Facebook page, along with the name of the pie eater of choice. There will even be prizes on offer to donors, including but not limited to photographs, memorabilia, a Speightstown halter, and more.
For a complete list of prizes, please click here.
Golden Gate Fields racecaller Matt Dinerman will call the action remotely as the group of 10, who hail from around the U.S. and the United Kingdom, sprint to the finish.
The Battle for the Backside will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. ET via Zoom as well as the event’s Twitter and Facebook Live.