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. There will be live demonstrations with the retired racehorses throughout the evening. Light refreshments, beer and wine sampling from Old Tavern Farm Winery, Racing City Brewery and Five Points Market will be available to attendees. The event is free and open to the public. The address is 683 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. Parking is limited so please car pool if possible. Please let us know you will be attending by pre-registering: https://www.trfinc.org/event/call-post-open-house/
The horses at the TRF Summer Farm @Saratoga are representatives of the Thoroughbred horses to whom the TRF provides lifelong sanctuary through their network of 19 farms. These farms are located in 12 states and include eight Second Chances programs at Correctional Facilities. These five horses are from the TRF’s original Second Chances Farm at the Wallkill Correctional Facility and will be here for the summer to meet TRF friends and fans.
Who are the horses?
Cogs My Man is an 18-year-old, Kentucky bred gelding with 5 career starts. His sire, Louis Quatorze, won the Jim Dandy Stakes here at Saratoga in 1996.
Son of a Gun is a sweet, smart 12-year-old bay gelding, who would definitely like a human to call his own.
Blown Save is a 10-year-old bay gelding, who raced 12 times. His sire is the great Smart Strike. He is the big man of the herd standing at 17 hands.
Dusk to Dawn is an impressive looking 7-year-old, bay, NY bred gelding. His sire is Malibu Moon. “Dusky” had 8 career starts. He is a big horse and quite the character. He last raced in 2015 and still remembers the call to the post song when played!
Bold Mon is a 15-year-old grey gelding who had a successful racing career with lifetime earnings of $170,000. His last race was at Saratoga and he is happy to be back for a visit.
The farm will be open Tuesdays during racing season from 11am to 2pm, or by appointment with the TRF.
The retired racehorses will be staying at the Heading for Home farm located just east of Saratoga Springs. Heading for Home is a racehorse rescue and retraining facility for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses. This partnership formed as a result of a collaboration with Racehorse Aftercare Charitable Endeavors of Saratoga (R.A.C.E.). This group of racehorse aftercare organizations was launched in 2015 and promotes education and awareness on racehorse aftercare in the Saratoga area.
“We are thrilled to introduce our retired horses to the Saratoga community and to have the opportunity to elevate the conversation regarding racehorse aftercare” said TRF Director of Development and Communications Jennifer Stevens. “TRF’s national headquarters is based in Saratoga Springs, yet we rarely have a chance to have our supporters meet our herd in person. Each horse has a unique personality and a story to tell. We hope the community will visit the farm to meet them and come to appreciate and love them as we do.”
For more information, or to schedule a visit to the TRF Summer Farm @Saratoga, please call the TRF at (518) 226-0028. Because the farm is a private venue, unscheduled visits are prohibited without prior permission.