A Special Message from Pete & JK (April 2020)
As all of us strive to respond, react and be resilient in the face of the challenges and uncertainty of our current days, Pete & JK want to help the ITM community feel connected and to provide an opportunity to support those most vulnerable to the impact of the coronavirus crisis: the horses and the humans who care for them.
While Pete & JK remain committed to keeping the “horses in the hearts of the horseplayers” they also wish to provide an avenue for In the Money Players Podcast listeners to support the dedicated individuals, and families, of the backstretch community who care for these animals at the racetrack – every day, rain or shine, 365, whether they race or not.
To provide immediate support to the backstretch community, consider a gift to the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy – based at Belmont Racetrack and serving the extended community of hardworking backstretch workers at Belmont, Aqueduct and including those who live year long in the Saratoga area.
Putting the Horses in the Heart of Horseplayers
Building on an outstanding debut year, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is absolutely thrilled to partner with the In the Money (ITM) Players’ Podcast in 2020. With thanks to each and every horseplayer who donated to the TRF through the ITM Players Podcast link, the horseplayers’ community gave $15,012.37 to the retired racehorses of the TRF in 2019. At an average cost for care of $2500 per year, per horse in our herd, the horseplayers supported 6 aging equine athletes during the calendar year 2019. This is a tremendous accomplishment!
As we look ahead to the New Year of racing, we look forward to sharing more of the stories of the valiant retired racehorses who have brought so much joy to racing fans and horseplayers, and who now reside in the safe, lifelong sanctuary provided by the TRF.
A Call to Action:
Step One: Join our herd! We invite all of the listeners of the In The Money (ITM) Players’ Podcast to learn more about the TRF. We hope you will sign up to receive updates on our programs and appeals to support our work for the horses.
Step Two: A Gift of Thanks. Think about that one horse you singled in a race to close out a great Pick Six payout, or the one horse that came through at the wire to put you on top of the tournament, and dedicate a small (or large) gift to the TRF Herd in their honor. You’ll be glad you did!
Q1 2020 Goal: COMPLETE!!! As for March 18th, the ITM Players Podcast Community has Sponsored “Glorious Gambler” for a year in the TRF herd at the Lowell Correctional Facility in Ocala, FL. Thank you to all who have donated!!!
Q2 2020 Goal: Sponsor a 2nd Horse in the TRF Herd – stand by for our selection!
Prefer to donate “off-line”? No problem!
Mail checks or direct Donor Advised Funds to make payment to: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Attn: Kim Weir (indicate ITM Players Podcast in memo)
About the TRF & TRF Second Chances Program
Since 1984, the nationally acclaimed TRF Second Chances program has given thousands of aging equine athletes an incredibly impactful second career as teachers – helping men and women in prison begin to rebuild their lives through a practical vocational training curriculum and, above all, through the lessons of trust, patience, confidence and responsibility that horses teach everyone around them. Learn more about this program on our TRF Second Chances webpage
Every dollar makes difference as we care for 550 retired Thoroughbreds who have given their hearts to the sport we love, and to whom we all owe a healthy, safe and dignified life when their racing days are done. Thank you for your support!
“I finished in the top 5 in my first major contest on Sunday and won my first ever seat to the NHC. I bet on the horse who put me over the top (My Danuskas Girl) and am giving a portion of that win back. Thanks for all you do, TRF, and to the Podcast!”
– Andrew Norris, Horseplayer and ITM Players’ Podcast Listener (April 2019)
Did you hear Pete & JK’s latest conversation with the TRF Team? Check out the latest TRF guest episodes here:
- ITM Players Podcast Show #24 (March 4, 2019): Kim Weir of TRF and Eric Guillot
- Derby Wars Charity Tournament (April 20, 2019) video: Live Broadcast of Tournament + Special Guests
- ITM Players Podcast Show #43 (May 20, 2019): Preakness Wrap plus TRF Visit
- Channel 10 Feature on Pete’s visit to the TRF Summer Farm (July 29, 2019): TRF Ambassador Peter Thomas Fornatale talks supporting retired racehorses
- ITM Players Podcast Show #74 (September 9, 2019): Nick Tammaro and Kim Weir
- ITM Players Podcast Show #86 (October 30, 2019): Breeders Cup Final Answers, TRF at 28:18
- ITM Players Podcast Show #98 (December 17, 2019): Eddie Olcyzk and Kim Weir, TRF at 1:07
- ITM Players Podcast Show # 115 (February 14, 2020): Frank McGoey,, Kim Weir and Sheldon Russell, TRF at 31.31