Celebrating TRF Legend on Quick Call Stakes Day
August 4, 2016- During his career as a Thoroughbred racehorse, Quick Call earned fame and fortune as a “Horse for the Course.” And the course he picked was Saratoga Race Course, host of the most prestigious of the nation’s race meets. Today TRF will celebrate this racing legend at the community booth at Saratoga Race Course.
Since 2001, however, Quick Call has been the face of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at Wallkill, NY. Quick Call, now aged 32, is the elder statesman at the farm in upstate New York where he is well and widely loved by TRF staff and supporters across the country.
And make no mistake – Quick Call is fully aware of his star status, Farm manager Jim Tremper once said of Quick Call, “If he doesn’t like you, he’ll let you know right away.”
Not much has changed.
“He’s still pretty much the same,” Tremper said. “He sort of keeps to himself. He doesn’t look for company, horses or people. If you need to do something with him – groom him, whatever – you have to go out and get him. He’s easy enough to handle; we still use him to teach and he won’t run off or anything like that. He just doesn’t bother with anything going on around him.”
Quick Call made 89 starts in a career that ran from 1986-’92. A gelded son of Quack, he was a useful horse throughout his career for his Hall of Fame trainer Sid Watters, earning more than $807,817. He even scored an upset over Sewickley in the 1990 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park.
But it was at Saratoga, the showcase meet of American racing, that Quick Call proved extraordinary.
A fan favorite, Quick Call won Saratoga’s Forego Handicap in consecutive years (1988-’89)
and just missed a third straight when he was beaten a nose by Lay Down in 1990. Of Quick Call’s 16 career
victories, eight came at Saratoga.
“Quick Call loved Saratoga,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who guided Quick Call’s Forego victories. “I am happy that he is still alive and living in that part of the country.”