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Maryland Friends of TRF Day at the Races at Laurel Park
October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maryland Friends of the TRF
Please Join us for a Day at the Races
to Celebrate 35 Years of Retired Racehorses
1:00 – 3:00pm
Sunday, October 21st
Laurel Park, Maryland
On Sunday, October 21st the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will host a “Maryland Friends of the TRF – Day at the Races” at Laurel Park to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred rescue organization and the success of the TRF Second Chances Program located at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, MD. The event is free and open to the public. Interested parties should RSVP at the link above.
The celebration will begin at 1:00pm with a meet and greet at the TRF’s Dining Box Seats. At 1:30pm, participants will enjoy cake and coffee, followed by a private tour of Laurel’s paddock. At 2:30 p.m., all will gather to watch the fourth race, which is designated as a special TRF race “Celebrating 35 Years of Sanctuary for Retired Racehorses” and join in the winner’s circle post-race photograph.
The Maryland Second Chances program opened on May 14, 2009 and immediately started to make an impact on both horses and humans. In its first five years, the TRF Maryland Second Chances graduated 19 inmates from Sykesville’s ‘Groom Elite’ program. To date, there have been 41 graduates and the most recent graduation took place on September 20, 2018.
Currently, the Maryland Second Chances program is home to six former racehorses. The eldest is 22-year-old Liang’s Dancer, followed by 20-year-old Quite Rightly, 18-year-old Two Rivers, 15-year-olds Judge Luci and Greek Ruler and the 7-year-old Don’t Quit Dreaming. All are geldings except for the mare, Judge Luci.
“It is a program that provides an opportunity for inmates to learn vocational skills and life skills, with an emphasis on self-awareness, relationship skills, and communication skills,” said TRF Second Chances Farm Manager Sarah Stein. “Many of the guys comment that it helps them with improving their trust of others and confidence in themselves.”
1:00pm – Meet and greet fellow friends of the horses at the TRF Dining Box Seats (Posttime Race 1: 1:10pm)
1:30pm – Celebrate TRF’s Birthday with Cake & Coffee
2:00pm – Private Paddock Tour with Laurel Park Guide
2:30pm – TRF Designated Race “Celebrating 35 Years of Sanctuary for Retired Racehorses” (Posttime Race 4: 2:40pm)
**All Guests of the TRF will be invited to join in the Winners’ circle photo with winning connections of Race 4 ***