On Tuesday, July 30, the first “Gumbo for the Horses” event will take place from 5:00 – 8:00pm at Racing City Brewing Co located at 250 Excelsior Avenue.  This is a new benefit event in Saratoga Springs, hosted by the In the Money podcast team, designed to bring together horse-racing fans and to raise awareness and funds for the retired racehorses of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  

Tickets are on sale for $20 in advance/ $25 at the door, and each ticket includes a generous serving of the famous gumbo of Hattie’s Restaurant and one beverage (beer, wine or soda) from Racing City Brewing Co. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the care of the horses in the TRF’s 650 retired Thoroughbreds.  Tickets and information available at: https://www.trfinc.org/event/gumbo-for-the-horses/

With sponsorship support provided by CapitalOTB and MyRacehorse, the venue provided by Tony and Debreen Oliva of Racing City Brewing Co, and cajun-style gumbo provided by Hattie’s Restaurant, the “Gumbo for the Horses” is intended as a celebration of the fun, friendship and camaraderie that unites the racing fans who travel to Saratoga for the legendary summer racing meet. 

“Horses are the heart and soul of this sport,” said Fornatale. “As someone who talks with horseplayers across the country every day, I know how much these beautiful animals mean to us. JK and I are proud to be associated with the TRF and the extraordinary TRF Second Chances Program because they give us and other players a chance to pay back directly to the animals who give us so much.”

Speaking for the TRF, Kimberly Weir, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving shared that “Pete is truly a hero for the horses.  He and his co-host, Jonathon Kinchen, have truly taken the mission of the TRF to heart and embraced the role of TRF Ambassadors.“ Weir continued, “we applaud Pete and JK, along with the generous teams at Capital OTB, MyRacehorse, Racing City Brewing Co. and Hattie’s Restaurant, for contributing their talents, resources and outreach efforts to introduce the TRF to a broad community of people who might otherwise not be aware of the importance of Thoroughbred Aftercare and the mission and programs of the TRF.”