Ky Derby 148 Bottle to Benefit TRF

For the second consecutive year, Stoneware & Co. will offer a signed, numbered and limited number of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 148 bottles to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). This year's signed collector's edition will commemorate the 10th anniversary of I'll Have Another winning the Run for the Roses, and will be signed by two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer, Doug O'Neill and two-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Mario Gutierrez. "It is an exciting time of year with the Kentucky Derby approaching," said Pat Stickney, TRF's Executive Director. "With so...

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TERF Awards $5,000 to TRF

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) will award the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) $5,000 to be used for educational purposes. The TRF, whose mission is to rescue ex-racehorses, no longer able to compete at the racetrack, from neglect, abuse, and slaughter, collaborates with correctional facilities in eight states to provide vocational training to inmates who, in turn, care for horses that are not suitable for second athletic careers. TRF will use the funds to implement the Second Chances Farm Groom Elite (SCGE) Vocational program at all TRF Second Chance...

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David Cassidy: A Triple Crown Life Event Held Aug. 16

In celebration of the life and memory of celebrity David Cassidy, the 5th Annual David Cassidy: A Triple Crown Life Event will be held at Putnum Place in Saratoga Springs, NY Aug. 16. Hosted by the David Cassidy Memorial Legacy Group (DCMLG), the fundraiser aims to promote racing and to support Thoroughbred aftercare organizations, this year including the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, NYRA Cares, Take The Lead, Take2 and Columbia Greene Humane Society. Debuting in 2021, the David Cassidy Remember Me Awards...

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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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TRF Hay Drive Underway With $60K Matching Gift

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has received a $60,000 matching gift from the Santulli Family Foundation to launch the 2021 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 2021 Hay Drive is $120,000 to cover the cost of hay for the nearly 500 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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TRF to Hold Silent Auction of Original Artwork at Belmont

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, in collaboration with TRF board member Anita Motion, will host a silent auction of original artwork to benefit the nearly 500 horses in the care of the organization. The event will be held at Belmont Park this Saturday, Oct. 9. The display featuring the artwork will be set up in the Clubhouse Lobby at Belmont Park and will run throughout the day starting when gates open at 11:00 a.m. The auction will close at approximately 4:52 p.m., which is the scheduled post time of the day's...

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TERF Awards $100,500 in Grants

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) has awarded $100,500 in grants to 12 organizations. With the vision and mission of bettering the life of Thoroughbred, TERF primarily aims to support students in pursuit of education in Equine Medicine and to fund research efforts which better the life of the Thoroughbred horse. To fund scholarships and education, $10,000 was awarded to the Belmont Child Care Association, Inc., $2,500 to Amplify Horse Racing, $12,000 to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, $4,000 to the MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, $5,000 to the Retired...

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Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

GARDINER, NY-A 30-year-old gelding you surely never heard of who never did anything that special on the racetrack is scheduled to be put down Friday at his home, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation farm at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York. It happens. They all get old and, for Renaissance Bob, it is his time. This is not pressing news. Far from it. But it will be a sad, bittersweet day for me. I saved Renaissance Bob's life, plucking him out of a kill pen on Nov. 23, 1998...

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Seven TRF Locations Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which cares for more than 500 retired Thoroughbreds and is the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country, has had an additional seven locations accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) after receiving the honor for farms in Florida and Virginia late last year. To achieve accreditation, an organization must meet rigorous equine care requirements, undergo site visits, and adhere to standards regarding sustainability, ethical principles, finances, staffing, and more. The TRF farms newly accredited by GFAS are Blackburn Second Chances, in addition to...

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Kimberly Weir Joins Horsepower Board

Kimberly Weir has joined the Board of Directors of Horsepower, Inc., a New-York based 501c3 organization devoted to the safety and well-being of equines through education, awareness, advocacy and allies. With the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) since 2018, the resident of Saratoga Springs, New York, has served as the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for the organization. Prior to that, she also served as the Deputy Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) in Washington, DC. Weir graduated from the University of Virginia and went on to complete...

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Quick Call to Be Laid to Rest at Saratoga's Clare Court

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,...

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