Connections of ‘TDN Rising Star’ Charlatan (Speightstown), the morning-line favorite in the first division of Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby, will donate 10% of their net earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. The participating owners include SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables.
“Along with our partners, we are delighted to be able to contribute additional funding to New Vocations, especially during these testing times,” said Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock. “New Vocations provides essential support for our equine athletes as their racing careers come to an end, assuring them a secure and productive future. We consider this service fundamental to the viability and growth of the Thoroughbred industry, and we are proud to be active supporters of New Vocations’ work. Our partnership is grateful that Charlatan has the opportunity to compete in the Arkansas Derby and we are proud to provide ongoing support to New Vocations.”
Added Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director: “When I received the call from Tom expressing their desire to help and their commitment to pledge 10%, I found myself so emotional I had tears in my eyes. This has been a very stressful time, and we have great concerns about being able to fund our efforts as we navigate through these uncharted waters created by COVID-19. We know many people in the industry are also struggling during these challenging times. We are grateful and appreciative for any support we receive, which will help us keep our doors open to the many horses needing our services.”
New Vocations encourages other owners to pledge a percentage of earnings from this weekend’s races, or in the future. Specified donations to help New Vocations’ general fund are also greatly encouraged. For more information, visit newvocations.org or contact Andrea Mandella at [email protected].