This week, the New York Racing Association will bury the ashes of Saratoga legend Quick Call at Clare Court, the bucolic, half-mile jogging track located behind the track's seven-furlong chute named in honor of former Saratoga track superintendent Anne Clare. An unveiling of the memorial will be scheduled in July, along with a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation event to celebrate his life in coordination with the running of the GIII Quick Call S. on Opening Day, July 15.
After winning nine of his 17 starts from 1986 to 1991 at the Spa, Quick Call transitioned in his post-racing career to another starring role in the TRF's pioneering “Second Chances” vocational training program, working with inmates at Wallkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
“Few Thoroughbreds ever had that kind of dual career and did it so well for so long,” said TRF Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving Kim Weir of Quick Call, who died in October 2019 from the infirmities of old age, at 35. “He had an aura about him. Quick Call was a legendary horse who earned respect from the other horses and from the men at Wallkill. To know he'll be at rest at Saratoga Race Course, which he loved so much, is a great ending.”
Quick Call is the fourth horse to be laid to rest at Clare Court, following Fourstardave, Mounjare and A Phenomenon. Like the others, Quick Call will have a headstone commemorating his accomplishments.