Racing Community Takes on 24-Hr Challenge to Benefit Racing Welfare

A total of 81 cyclists took part in a 24-hour challenge--embarking on 30km loops that kicked off at Cheltenham racecourse July 16--to benefit Racing Welfare, which supports the racing community. Originally tabbed with a £60,000, the total amount raised by the event is set to top £100,000. In addition to the efforts of the cyclists, funding is also boosted by event sponsors Unibet, Racehorse Lotto, The Jockey Club and Tattersalls. Well beyond the £60,000 target, that figure will have a huge impact, and could cover the cost of employing a...

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RTCA To Host Charity Golf Tournament

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) will host its eighth annual golf scramble at the University Club of Kentucky Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. The event will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Included in the registration fee are green fees, lunch, a team photo, food after the round, golf gifts and more. A host of outstanding prizes will be given out for longest drive, closest-to-the-pin, door prizes and other special games. Each par 3 will have extraordinary hole-in-one prizes and an...

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Paralyzed Former Jockey Rides for Charity

Former jockey Jacob Pritchard-Webb, paralysed during a fall at Auteuil in June of 2020, will embark on 140-mile hand bike ride to benefit a pair of charities that helped him through his rehabilitation. The three-day ride, which begins July 7, will begin at Cheltenham before concluding at Newmarket. The 25-year-old hopes to raise £25,000 each for the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Matt Hampson Foundation. As part of his training for the event, Pritchard Webb was joined on a cycle around the Cotswolds Sunday afternoon by Harry Potter star James...

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Folds of Honor Poker Tourney Set for May 29

Santa Anita will play host to a charity poker tournament following the live racing program this Sunday, May 29, at 5:45 p.m. PT to benefit the 'Folds of Honor' foundation.  Folds of Honor seeks to support the families of fallen or disabled American military veterans and dependents adversely affected by war. For the tournament, which will take place near the top of the stretch in the Baldwin Terrace Conference Room on the second floor of the grandstand, players will make a $300 donation and will be treated to a full...

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Vaccarezza Organizes Fundraiser for Tornado Victims

A fundraising event to help benefit the families affected by last weekend's devastating Western Kentucky tornado will take place at Frank & Dino's restaurant in Lexington on Sunday, Jan. 2. Complimentary food and drinks will be served between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the popular Italian eatery. WLKY reported Thursday that 16 people, down from a high of 122, are still missing and that the death toll has risen to 76 Kentuckians. More than 1,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed and there are approximately still 3,000 power outages....

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Pimlico Hosts Canter For a Cause

Over 260 riders and their mounts from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and farther afield cantered, walked and trotted across Pimlico Race Course Sunday, to raise awareness and money for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) as part of Canter for a Cause. The event, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, saw registered riders go out in one of four groups between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take their horse around Pimlico, as well as walk through the starting gate and get their picture taken in the winner's circle. "The Thoroughbred...

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Santa Anita Poker Tournament to Benefit 'Folds of Honor'

Santa Anita will host a charity poker tournament Oct. 23 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, which supports families of fallen or disable veterans. Players will make a $300 charitable donation, which includes a day at the races and a night of No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em. There will also be a silent auction. Folds of Honor has awarded more than 35,000 educational scholarships to the families of fallen or disabled veterans and will be represented by retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant and P.O.W. Rocky Sickmann, one of 65...

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Mini-Golf Challenge Supports NY Backstretch Charities

NYRA TV analysts Andy Serling and Anthony Stabile, who kiddingly challenged one another to mini-golf during the July 18 broadcast of Talking Horses, joined forces with Three Diamonds Farm's Kirk Wycoff and Nové Italian Restaurant's Louis Lazzinnaro and by the conclusion of the mini-golf game at the Goony Golf in Lake George, N.Y. Aug. 2, the two-on-two matchup had raised $100,000 for New York-based backstretch organizations. Bolstered by Wycoff's three holes-in-one, the Serling/Wycoff team defeated Stabile and Lazzinnaro, otherwise known as "Team Nové," by 15 strokes. "It's a testament to...

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KY Colonels Offer Grant to BGFC For Backstretch Kids

Blue Grass Farms Charities, Inc., (BGFC) received a $7,247 grant from the Honorable Order Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) to purchase 1,000 backpacks for farm and track workers' children--Kindergarten through Middle School--for the 2021 school year. In total, the HOKC will award $2.1 million in grants supporting 275 non-profits, impacting close to 3.7 million Kentuckians. "When HOKC Trustees met with grant applicants this year, we were reminded how hard the pandemic has made life harder for many folks, from first responders in community service charities to the clients themselves," said HOKC Commanding...

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Park Lane Stables Seeks New Location After Eviction Noctice

Park Lane Stables RDA is seeking an alternative location for its operation after its landlords served notice of eviction, the charity announced on Thursday. Originally given an eviction notice on New Year's Eve, the riding school charity, which provides therapy and riding lessons for people with and without disabilities, successfully raised over the £1 million needed to stay at its current Teddington location. However, the landlord revised the amount required to purchase the property to £1.3 million, the amount generated by the fundraising effort. In addition, another offer from a...

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New Dunlap Novel to Benefit Square Peg

Lifelong Thoroughbred Owner and Non-Profit Founder Joell Dunlap released her first novel "A Damn Fine Hand"--A Story of Women Riding for Their Lives--as an eBook on Gumroad. Dunlap is the co-founder and executive director of the Square Peg Foundation. All proceeds for book sales benefit Square Peg Foundation, a 501(c3) charity accredited by the Thoroughbred AfterCare Alliance. "Riding a racehorse is a thrill that changed my life," Dunlap said. "It's the stuff of dreams. I wanted to be able to take the reader along for that ride. What started as...

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Henry Cecil Open Weekend to Host Visitors in September

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend, slated for Sept. 18-19 this year, will welcome visitors back to Newmarket for the first time since 2019. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event, which normally features racing and equine enthusiasts visiting training yards, into a virtual format for the first time. A total of £48,000 was raised for its three chosen beneficiaries-Racing Welfare (80%), the British Racing School (10%) and the Racing Centre (10%). This year, Racing Welfare, the newly formed Newmarket Pony Academy and a soon to be announced community project...

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