Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack.  Over 4,000 horses have come through our programs and we currently care for 950 nationwide.  More than 1,000 Thoroughbreds have been adopted out to loving homes.  At re-training farms, we prepare racehorses for adoption as riding and companion horses.  

At correctional facilities in ten states, TRF operates the Second Chances Program, where inmates build life skills while participating in a vocational training program as they provide supervised care to our retired horses. If you are new to TRF, or are not familiar with our Second Chances Program, please take the time to watch this brief video. You'll be glad you did; and you will understand why our mission is so important.

Video: TRF's Second Chances Program

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation offers a humane alternative to the dire possibilities that have long faced a great majority of ex-racehorses - neglect, abuse and slaughter.  It is a place, built on love and caring, that is befitting such noble and deserving animals.  As a registered 501(C)(3) organization, the TRF receives no public funding and is entirely dependent on the generosity of private individuals.  Our Federal Tax ID Number is 13-3132741.

New Mailing Address: 
PO Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration Returns to Bar Americain; Victoria McCullough Honored with Earle Mack Award 

bobby_flay_photoThe official Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, which benefits the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), will return to Chef Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The event, featuring “The Foods of Bobby Flay,” will include an auction of select stallion seasons and unique experiences.

At the event, the Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Champion Award will be presented to Victoria McCullough. This award is annually given to an individual for outstanding efforts and influence on Thoroughbred racehorse welfare, safety, and retirement.

McCullough, chairman of the board of Chesapeake Petroleum, has made tremendous strides using her own resources in preventing the reinstitution of horse slaughter in the U.S. and in the fight to stop the export of horses across the country’s borders. She achieved the de-funding of USDA inspection of horse slaughterhouses by enlisting the help of key governmental officials and the presidential administration. McCullough’s love for horses has led to her personally purchasing more than 4,000 horses from kill pens, funding their care, and finding them new homes. She owns two farms in Wellington, Fla., where she has brought many of these rescues to be rehabilitated.

“Victoria McCullough has demonstrated a deep and passionate commitment to safeguarding the lives of horses,” said Earle Mack. “We applaud her for her untiring efforts, and we are honored to present her with this richly deserved award.”victoria in wellington

“Being honored by Ambassador Mack and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is particularly meaningful to me,” said McCullough. “The Thoroughbred is the horse to which I am most connected. Working alongside the TRF and the Thoroughbred industry to ensure compassionate care for our champion Thoroughbreds, and with collaboration and strategic vision, we will eradicate slaughter and develop the needed infrastructure to provide quality aftercare for all Thoroughbreds.”

Previous award recipients include Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, in 2012 and Bobby Flay, Thoroughbred owner, Thoroughbred retirement advocate, and the owner and executive chef of Bar Americain, in 2013.

“I’m gratified that these two important racing charities have again chosen Bar Americain to host this event, which celebrates the Belmont Stakes, one of our most prestigious races,” said Flay. “The cooperation of the charities in this event makes sense, with Grayson working to improve the health of horses during their racing careers, and TRF helping to provide them with a comfortable, secure retirement when their career comes to an end. I’m looking forward to participating in this event again this year after a successful event in 2013.”

The fund-raising event, supported by the New York Racing Association, will be held two days prior to the 146th running of the $1,000,000 Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown, being held on Saturday, June 7.

Bar Americain is located at 152 W. 52nd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues in New York City.

For sponsorship information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Additional information about the event can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation at (212) 521-5305 or or Sue Finley at (732) 747-8060 or

TRF Names Messer, Scherf to Board of Directors

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has named Dr. Nat T. Messer IV and Christopher Scherf to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Messer is currently a consultant to the University of Missouri's Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, where he served as the Director of Equine Center for seven years and as a professor from 2008-2012. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and named a Distinguished Life Member of the American Association of Equine Practicioners.

Scherf is the executive vice-president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, which represent its 48-member racetracks in regulator, legislative and other industry matters. In 1990, the TRA formed Equibase with The Jockey Club, thereby creating an industry-owned database of racing information that enabled the unfettered growth of full-card simulcasting. Click here to read more.

hay!_button.jpgThoroughbred Retirement Foundation Launches 6th Annual “Haydrive”

Saratoga Springs, NY (February 14, 2014)  -  Time to get on the bale! The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual Hay Drive kicks off on St. Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14, 2014.

This year, the Hay Drive's theme is “Eat, Hay, Love,” but the mission is the same: to raise money to help feed the nearly 1,000 horses in the TRF herd. The average cost of hay is $180 per ton, and the TRF expects that expense to exceed $350,000 this year. Learn More.

January 31, 2014, by Susan Salk, Off-Track Thoroughbreds --

sir_prize_birthday_photo.jpgFor 10 years the dark bay Thoroughbred raced with the heart of a prizefighter.

In his youth he surged into battle on racetracks far and wide, fighting for victory in a staggering 206 starts and earning $300,000 before it was all said and done. And when age and mileage finally took him from the track, he was asked to enter different kind of fight, the kind waged every day by the inmates incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York.

For 16 years now, Sir Prize Birthday, who turns 34 in May, has swaggered about as king of the field in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s inmate program at Wallkill, regularly fighting off challenges from other horses for turf rights.

But when not embroiled in a duel, he has quietly helped inmates who are privately fighting their own battles, escorting them through exercises that teach them peace and kindness. To read the full OTTB article click here.


anniversary_logo_horse-under-tree_only.jpgFor the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, 2013 was going to be a special year if for no other reason than it marked the TRF's 30th anniversary.
But as the year progressed, it proved to be one of great importance to the world's largest equine sanctuary, which had already saved more than 4,000 horses from neglect, abuse and slaughter.
To date, there are 950 horses in the TRF herd, including those at 10 TRF Second Chances facilities in 10 states across the nation. Originally founded at Wallkill, NY, which will celebrate its own 30th anniversary in 2014, TRF Second Chances teaches non-violent prisoners horse care and stable management as a vocation through its Groom Elite program. Inmates learn by working with and developing trust with TRF horses, who in return get a safe, loving home and compassionate care.
Most impressive in 2013... Read More




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