LRF Cares Hosts Celebrity Softball Game to Benefit Aftercare


Mike Smith

LRF Cares, a non-profit group dedicated to providing aftercare for retired racehorses, will host its first Celebrity Softball Game, featuring Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT July 24 at Encinitas Community Park, in Encinitas, California.

“LRF Cares was formed to show how much we care about our retired racehorses,” said LRF Cares and Founder and Managing Partner of Little Red Feather Racing Club Billy Koch. “We are excited to partner with TVG on this event and thank our sponsors, Mark Martinez’ M2 Technology, Mick Ruiz’ Ruiz Racing, Gary Hartoonian’s Rockingham Ranch and Nick Alexander for their tremendous support.”

Also scheduled to play are trainers Pete Miller, Phil D’Amato and Richie Baltas, and jockeys Chantal Sutherland and Joe Talamo. The game will be broadcast this summer on the TVG Network. Mike Joyce and Dave Weaver will call the game for TVG with TVG’s Brittney Eurton and Christina Blacker providing baseline coverage. A couple of former San Diego Padres also will take part: Two-time All-Star Mark Loretta will be one of the participants and 1976 Cy Young winner Randy Jones will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. For more information, please contact Renee Parcell at LRF Cares at [email protected]

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