Race horse is running for charity

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Junior Dolphus is donating his time training the horse Mikey’s Spirit, and the horse’s winnings will be donated to charity.

Dolphus approached the FM Crusaders Motorcycle Club of Aberdeen about buying a horse together and said he would donate his time training the horse. The winnings will be donated to charities.

“Junior came up with this idea and we thought it was great,” said Todd Lerew, President of the Aberdeen chapter of the FM Crusaders. “He is an awesome guy for doing this for us. He said he had a lot of respect for the club and what the club does for individuals and he said he wanted to do this as his share of contribution to what we do.”

The Crusaders also have chapters in Fargo, N.D.; Jamestown, N.D.; and Bismarck, N.D. The Aberdeen chapter supports charitable organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans of Aberdeen and the Pink Ladies Organization of Aberdeen, which raises money to help find a cure for cancer.

“We always try to keep our money as local as we can,” Lerew said. “Meaning right in Aberdeen if we can and those winnings what we get goes towards financing fundraisers and stuff like that for individuals.”

Mikey’s Spirit ran on May 11 during the eighth race of the Northeast Area Horse Races at the Brown County Fairgrounds and placed 2nd. The horse got a first and second at the horse races last month in Fort Pierre.

“It is going pretty good,” Dolphus said. “Hopefully we get another win or two for them guys here.”

Dolphus, who has been training horses for seven years, recently moved to Aberdeen from Eagle Butte. Dolphus and Lerew had known each prior to Dolphus moving to Aberdeen. Dolphus decided he wanted to help the Crusaders because “I wanted to help them and help people that need some help.”

“I just moved up here and I like to help this community,” Dolphus said. “So I thought that was a way to give back with what I do during the summer time, which is race a few horses.”

Lerew and Dolphus described the partnership as a win-win and that it will also help promote the horse races.

“The more people we get out at the horse races, the better off for the horse people,” Dolphus said.

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