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Lowell Correctional Institution

Ocala, FL

Another facility in the heart of horse country, the TRF farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility in Ocala opened in 2001 and is the home to about 45 horses. The farm is home to two prominent horses, Carterista and Val’s Prince, both of whom were graded stakes winners on the grass. Val’s Prince is a three-time Grade I stakes winner. They’re special, but so are all the horses at Lowell.

“We are providing good character-building inmate training, and a haven to these once heroes of the track,” said Florida Secretary of Corrections Michael W. Moore when announcing the opening of facility.

He could not have been more right. The horses bask in the warmth of Florida’s perpetual sunshine and the inmates are learning skills that can be put to use upon their release.

In five months, an inmate, J.T. says he has learned “more about horses than I thought there was to know. I really like them.” Caring for the horses has changed his life’s direction, and J.T. hopes to work at a track or a horse farm.

 

Lowell News

TRF Welcomes Warhorse from Puerto Rico

By Susan Salk on August 29, 2016 The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF, Inc.) this week welcomed racing warrior Immortal Wink into the herd of the nation’s largest horse charity following an all-out effort to retire him last month from a Puerto Rico racetrack. The 10-year-old gelding raced 142 times, earning north of $100,000, before he […]

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TRF Second Chances horses show inmate a new path

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds Ocala, FL – A former inmate who had lost almost everything when she was sentenced to four years in a Florida jail found “some peace” in her life and a path to a new career after embracing the surprise opportunity to participate in a prisoner/racehorse program. After taking a […]

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Award of merit goes to TRF’s John Evans

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds LEXINGTON, Ky.—Thoroughbred Charities of America has named John Evans as its first TCA Award of Merit recipient of 2016. Evans was presented with the award in front of 400 guests at the 54th annual Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association gala held in Ocala, Fla. March 14. The award […]

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