Day At The Track

Celebrity Farms race from the heart

09:55 PM 29 Jul 2008 NZST
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Celebrity Secret
Celebrity Secret
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc. - 2008 New Jersey Sire Stakes leg three 3YOCGT division

The Celebrity Farm and Polo Electric Family, home of champions Celebrity Secret and Celebrity Tribute, lost one of the youngest members of their family this week. Chris Vasiliou, age 14, lost his battles with Wegener's Granulomatosis Disease.

Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG) is an uncommon disease that affects about 1 in 30,000 people.

Symptoms are due to inflammation that can affect many tissues in the body, including blood vessels (vasculitis).

It is a disease of abnormal immune function with no known cause; but it is not contagious, nor is there evidence it is hereditary. It is systemic, meaning it affects the body as a whole. It affects the upper (sinuses and nose), and lower (lungs), respiratory system and frequently involves the kidneys, lungs, eyes, ears, throat, skin and other body organs.

If you didn't know Chris well, he was just 14, innocent, loving and strong, just a great kid! Just a great kid, who battled valiantly these last few months, and will be forever missed by his parents, Mary and Harry, and sister Irene.

He is also missed by a community embraced in horse racing; from "Ancient Greece and the Chariots" to Goshen, NY "Cradle of the Trotter." It is not ironic that Chris died when the hippodrome was discovered in Olympia, Greece.

All the horses racing under Celebrity Farm's banner this Hambletonian Week, are racing like the wind in loving memory of Chris and his spirit.

A foundation has been established in his honor, and a share of any Celebrity Farm's winning purses will be donated as the inception of this foundation. The wind and power beneath the hooves of Celebrity Farm's horses will be the wind and power supporting Chris Vasiliou's angel wings.

Celebrity Secret will be the primary contender to Deweycheatumnhowe this coming Saturday at the 2008 Hambletonian.

Celebrity Legacy, Celebrity Athena, Celebrity Deville, Celebrity Feeling, Celebrity Tribute and Celebrity Secret will all be "Racing from the Heart at Hambletonian" events in memory of Chris Vasiliou. (June 26, 1994-July 24, 2008) May his memory be everlasting, " Evlogia Mnimi."

We send our deepest sympathy and support to his family and friends.

Celebrity Farms, Polo Electric and Theometrics

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