Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Saratoga-Based Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Launches “Horse Bitscuits” To Benefit Retired Racehorses

Lazy Dog Cookie Company launched its first horse and pony treat--Horse Bitscuits--Jan. 1. Lazy Dog Cookie Co. will donate 15% of the profits raised by the treats to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). Horse Bitscuits are available for purchase at local Saratoga retailers and customers across the United States may purchase them online through LazyDogCookieCo.com. TRF Executive Director, Patricia Stickney, shared "The TRF is immensely grateful to Amy and Keith for including us as a beneficiary of their new product and promoting our mission of saving horses and changing lives."...

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Wagering Markets Course Interviews to Benefit TRF

In partnership with Mill Ridge Farm and In the Money Media Network, Marshall Gramm of Rhodes College will be releasing interviews from his "The Economics of Racetrack Wagering Markets" course to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The 10 interviews, recorded in the spring of 2022, were conducted with handicappers, figure makers, horsemen and more to provide valuable insight into the sport of horse racing. "I've never had a course before where I could reach out to knowledgeable experts to aid in helping my students more understand racing," Gramm said. Sponsorship...

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Jessica Paquette Named New Parx Track Announcer

Jessica Paquette, a New England native with nearly 20 years of experience in horse racing, will be the new voice of Parx Racing starting in December. In accepting the position, Paquette becomes the only full-time, year-round female track announcer in the United States. "I am grateful for the women in the racing industry who have paved the way for my generation to work in so many different areas," said Paquette. "My hope is that I can similarly help inspire young women who may want to be part of our sport."...

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Holiday Designer Show House at Chestnut Hall to Benefit TRF

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will open the doors of Chestnut Hall at TRF Sanctuary Farm this December for the second annual Holiday Designer Show House to benefit the organization's herd of nearly 450 retired racehorses. The farmhouse will be decorated with exquisite decor in rooms designed by Cherry House Galleries, KP Design, Hound & Hare LLC, Jason Jennings Interior, Debhelin Designs, Living Spaces, Little Lavender Company, Julia Carstanjen, Mandeline Hetzel Interiors and All Lit Up. The event is being staffed by volunteers and friends of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The...

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TRF Annual Hay Drive Underway

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has received a $60,000 matching gift from the Santulli Family Foundation to launch its 2022 Hay Drive. Richard and Peggy Santulli will match every dollar donated to the TRF up to $60,000 for this campaign. The TRF's goal for the 2022 Hay Drive is $120,000 to cover the cost of hay for the nearly 450 former racehorses currently in their care throughout the country. The TRF Hay Drive is one of the most important campaigns for the organization and will be conducted by direct mail,...

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TERF Awards Educational Grants

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation has awarded $65,000 in grants to nine organizations. In 2022, to fund scholarships and education, $10,000 was awarded to the Belmont Child Care Association, Inc., $5,000 to Amplify Horse Racing, $12,000 to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, $10,000 to the Maryland Horse Foundation, $4,000 to the MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, $5,000 to the Retired Race Horse Project, $4,000 to the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, $10,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and $5,000 to Wilson College. TERF primarily aims to support students in pursuit...

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Katie LaMonica Elected To TRF Board

Edited Press Release The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is pleased to announce the election of Katie LaMonica to the organization's Board of Directors. The TRF board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation's mission to provide sanctuary for retired racehorses no longer able to compete on the racetrack and to save them from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter. "We are thrilled to welcome Katie to the Board," said Patrick Mackay, President and Chairman of the TRF. "Her longstanding experience within the Thoroughbred industry and her commitment to philanthropy make her...

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TRF Expands Second Chances Program in New York

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCC), announced in a press release that the successful Second Chances program will expand to a new farm located at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica, about an hour outside Buffalo. The foundation has a rich history in the state with the flagship program at Wallkill Correctional Facility debuting in 1984 and still in operation today. There are 40 retired Thoroughbreds currently at the location. The Second Chances program is a pioneer in its...

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Prominent NY Horsewoman O'Cain Passes Away

Suzie O'Cain, one of the most well-known and unique personalities in the Thoroughbred industry in New York and who managed the late Carl Lizza's Highcliff Farm in Delanson for 23 years alongside her husband Dr. C. Lynwood 'Doc' O'Cain, passed away Jan. 4 in Saratoga Springs following a battle with breast cancer. Born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Mississippi, Suzie O'Cain attended the state university in Oxford and later graduated with a Bachelor's degree in education from The Ohio State University. "We met in Louisiana and were married in...

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Stephanie Brennan Joins TRF Board

Stephanie Brennan has been elected to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Board of Directors. The TRF board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation's mission to provide sanctuary for retired racehorses no longer able to compete on the racetrack and to save them from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter. "Once again the TRF has hit a home run by adding Stephanie to the Board," said Patrick Mackay, President and Chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. "We welcome and look forward with great enthusiasm to her sharing her firsthand knowledge and expertise...

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Holiday Designer Show To Benefit TRF

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will host an open house Dec. 3-11 at TRF Sanctuary at Chestnut Hall in Prospect, Kentucky featuring a Holiday Designer Show House to benefit the organization's herd of nearly 500 retired racehorses. The historic farmhouse will be decorated inside and out with decor in rooms designed by Cherry House Furniture, K.P. Designs, Living Spaces by Lyn, Debhelin Designs, Little Mount Lavender, Abbey Custom Interiors, Jason Jennings Designs and All Lit Up. The event has been spearheaded by volunteer Elizabeth Rosenberg and is being staffed by volunteers...

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Eclipse's Kelsey Marshall Hughes Joins TRF's Board

Kelsey Marshall Hughes has been elected to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF)'s board of directors. Hughes is vice president of partner relations for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. The New Yorker was honored with the Katherine McKee Administration Award sponsored by Keeneland as part of the 2021 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. "I have had the pleasure of knowing Kelsey for a number of years and am thrilled that she has agreed to serve on our board," said Patrick Mackay, TRF's president and chairman. "She is totally committed to Thoroughbred aftercare and the...

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