Saratoga Springs, NY  – One of the most memorable years for the Triple Crown races was 2019- A riveting Kentucky Derby, a runaway horse at the Preakness, and a long-shot for the Belmont. What a year! These four halters from the three jewels of the 2019 Triple Crown commemorate a year that had horse racing enthusiasts rooted in front of their television screens. 

These halters, donated to benefit the retired racehorses at the TRF, wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of Sharon Dominguez. It is a huge feat to accomplish to bring together these four halters during such an exciting year, but due to Sharon’s dedication to thoroughbred aftercare, they are a highlight to this years’ TRF Online Charity Auction!

The TRF auction began on Black Friday with over 100+ items, many of which are due to close on Monday. With so many new items arriving, including this spectacular four halter set, the auction will be extended with more opportunities to bid on the additional items!

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At odds of 65-1, Country House was declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs when the horse who finished first, favored Maximum Security, was disqualified for interference with War of Will on the final turn. After a 20-minute deliberation, stewards placed Maximum Security 17th in the field of 20 and put up Country House as the victor. It was the first Kentucky Derby win for Country House’s Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and jockey Flavien Prat. Both Country House’s and Maximum Security’s halters have been added to the TRF auction. 

War of Will came back to the win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Tyler Gaffalione two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and his halter is also included in the TRF auction. Neither Country House nor Maximum Security ran in the Preakness.

The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York concluded the 2019 Triple Crown chase with Sir Winston scoring the upset for Casse and jockey, Joel Rosario. Casse also entered War of Will in the third leg, but his hard-luck runner beat only Bourbon War in the 10-horse field.

Please visit or call the TRF at (518) 226-0028 for more information.

About TRF: Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a national organization devoted to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete at the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. As the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country, the TRF provides sanctuary to retired Thoroughbreds throughout their lifetime.

Best known for its pioneering TRF Second Chances program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with vocational training through its accredited equine care and stable management program. At seven correctional facilities across the country this program offers second careers to its horses and a second chance at life for inmates upon release from prison.

TRF cares for 600 rescued and retired Thoroughbreds at Second Chances prison farms and Sanctuary Farms across the country. The organization is funded entirely by private donations. The TRF is accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and has a Platinum rating with Guide Star.

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