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Meet Retired Racehorses at Open Barn for Saratoga’s “Call to the Post” Celebration

Saratoga Springs, NY– The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is excited to be participating in the “Call to the Post” celebration in partnership with Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to kick off racing season. On Thursday July 19, from 5:00pm-8:00pm, TRF will host an “Open Barn” where visitors may meet retired racehorses and explore the barn. […]

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TRF Horses to Summer at Saratoga

FIVE EQUINE AMBASSADORS ARRIVE AT THE “TRF SUMMER FARM @SARATOGA” Saratoga Springs, NY– Saratoga is the summer place to be, and this year the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will host five of their retired Thoroughbred racehorses at a local farm to serve as ambassadors representing the organization’s herd of 750 former racehorses across the country.  […]

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Second Chance Farm: Four broken men, six discarded racehorses, one place saving them

Originally published in the Washington Post by Petula Dvorak Columnist May 17 at 12:05 PM Email the author Horses get walked at Second Chance Farm in Syksville, Md., which rescues retired racehorses destined for slaughterhouses and offers prison inmates the opportunity to take care of them. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) Or maybe for any species. As the crowds in […]

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Youthful Haney Oversees Exciting Times at Vandalia

By Francis LaBelle Just over a year ago, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Illinois received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board (IEIRPB). That was only the start of exciting times for Vandalia, home to 21 former racehorses and the 10 inmates […]

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No Complaints

Vandalia Second Chances Program, IL: Bay gelding with 83 starts – foaled in 1995. Earnings: $219,340.0 No Complaints whose barn name is Nukums is a gentle giant of a gelding. He towers over his herd like a majestic ruler, despite his size he is easier on handlers than most horses half his size . Occasionally he will return to […]

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Habby’s Appeal

Vandalia Second Chances Program, IL: Habby is an elegant, energetic mare. She frequently competes in friendly races with the older horses in her herd. Habbys graceful free flowing stride invokes visions of a more youthful horse than she is. Second Chance program participants who are willing to put in a little extra effort and patience find will overcome […]

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Thrilled Flossie

Wallkill Second Chances Program, NY: Flossie is a sweet 19 year old bay mare who was rescued from the kill pen by a group of concerned horse lovers. She came to TRF underweight but quickly recovered and is now beautiful and healthy.

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Don’t Quit Dreaming

Central Maryland Second Chances Program, MD: Bay gelding with 25 starts – foaled in 2011. “Dreamer” is a big kid – always begging the older horses to play with him. He loves peppermint and all things sweet. His playful demeanor endears him to all who care for him.

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Golden Thief

Blackburn Second Chances Program, KY:  “Now happy and healthy, Thief is a 14 year old dark bay mare who came to TRF as part of a severe neglect case. She has a bit  of arthritis and enjoys the retired life hanging out with the mare herd.  

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Frightful

Blackburn Second Chances Program, KY:  Frightful is a handsome gray Kentucky bred gelding who is now 18 years old. Despite his name, he is curious and cuddly; not scary at all. His sire was the great Skipaway. During his racing career, Frightful had 16 starts, and while not a big money winner, he ended up […]

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