Putting the Horses in the Hearts of Horseplayers
Need a BC Hotel? Check out this TRF charity auction for 3 nights at the Griffin Gate Marriott plus a bounty of hospitality – all proceeds donated to the horses of the TRF!
So long Saratoga, Next Stop Breeders’ Cup: TRF Breeders’ Cup Party – Nov 4th
TRF Breeders Cup Party, Nov 4:
While we’ll cherish the memories of our spectacular Saratoga Summer, it’s time to look ahead to all the fun that awaits us in Keeneland in November…. it’s (almost) Breeders’ Cup time in the Bluegrass! In the spirit of “gathering the herd” the TRF has arranged a cool private venue, The Mansion, at the Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa for horselovers, horseplayers and racing fans to meet up and celebrate the beauty of the World Championship of horse racing. The Griffin Gate is one of the designated BC hotels, 15 minutes from Keeneland and super easy to find (& park).
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Address: 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY
Tickets are $75 a piece and include appetizers and one drink ticket (cash bar open). Drop by on your way to dinner for a toast to the horses, or make this your meeting place for the evening. The Bluegrass Bistro at the Marriott is open for dinner T. 859 231 5100.
Must Watch Episode: Pete + Tyler Frame, TRF Graduate
Give a Gift of Thanks. Think about that one horse you singled in a race to close out a great Pick Six payout, or the one horse that came through at the wire to put you on top of the tournament, and dedicate a small (or large) gift to the TRF Herd in their honor. You’ll be glad you did!
In 2021, the ITM community gave more than $31,000 over the course of the year – covering the care of 12 horses in the TRF Herd. In 2022, our goal is 15 horses …. and every single gift makes a difference!
Holiday Season Video Clip: Celebrating Horseplayers with the Horses in their Hearts (Dec 2021)
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December: The ITM/ TRF Holiday Gift Guide
- ITM Rye 2021 Edition: a thank you gift from Pete, for a gift of $200 or more – leave a comment with your gift to confirm that you’d like the ITM Rye. Supplies are limited. Use donate button above!
- Woodford Reserve 2021 Limited Edition bottle signed by H. Graham Motion and John Velazquez, in honor of the 10th anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s Kentucky Derby Victory (2011): a thank you gift from Pete, for a gift of $120 or more – leave a comment with your gift to confirm that you’d like the Bourbon. Supplies are limited. Use donate button above!
- 2022 This is Horse Racing Calendar: with each calendar, the team at This is Horse Racing will donate $5 toward the TRF on Giving Tuesday. Click here to purchase.
- TRF Apparel by Old Smoke: with each purchase of TRF gear, the team at Old Smoke will donate the proceeds of sale to the TRF. Click here to shop the collection.
- TRF Horse Sponsorship: give a gift of a horse from the TRF Herd to a friend or family member, choose your level, choose your horse, and you (or your gift recipient) will receive updates & photos throughout the year. Click here for details.
October: The TRF Lowell 20th Anniversary Horse Show
Wherever you are, you can watch the recording on demand! TRF Lowell 20th Anniversary Horse Show, global livestream:
October: Celebrating a “Hero for the Horses”: Bill Duncliffe
Bill Duncliffe’s Walk for the Horses is a terrific example of the good thing that happen when people are inspired and choose to “do something”. Bill is a long time friend of the In the Money Media team, and thanks to his work on the 3 part series on Quick Call, he was led to create his own personal fundraiser for the horses of the TRF. Celebrating his 65th Birthday by walking the route of the Boston Marathon, Bill has already raised nearly $5000 for the TRF Herd! CONGRATULATIONS BILL – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! 10.16.21!!
Check out Bill Duncliffe’s Walk for the Horses – perhaps you’ll be inspired to give a gift or create your own fundraiser!
2021 ITM Summer Events:
August 11th: Gumbo for the Horses hosted by NHC Champion, Michael Beychok. Missed the event? Watch the video recap!
August 25th: TRF BBQ at the Barn. In the Money Media was proud to be a sponsor of this terrific Saratoga summertime celebration of the horses. Missed the event? Enjoy this recap by Art Gonick.
Whiskey for the Horses Returns – 2021 it’s the year of Rye!
A special Thank You gift for donations of $200 (or more)
Be sure to mention the Whiskey in the comments to let Pete know whether you’d like a bottle with his thanks!
About the Whiskey. The new Players’ Podcast whiskey comes to us once again from our friends at Albany Distilling Company and their Ironweed Series. This is a whiskey with a great New York twist in honor of fans being welcomed back to Saratoga this summer. Historically, Rye Whiskey and Apple Brandy are the two most “New York” spirits. We’ve taken a 4 year old rye and aged it an additional four months in an apple brandy barrel.
The result, as you’ll taste, is delicious!
A New Year Begins
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is absolutely thrilled to partner with the In the Money (ITM) Players’ Podcast for a 3rd year. With thanks to every horseplayer who donated to the TRF through the ITM Players Podcast link, the horseplayers’ community gave $21,833 to the retired racehorses of the TRF in 2020. This is a tremendous accomplishment!
As we look ahead to the New Year of racing in 2021, we look forward to sharing more of the stories of the valiant retired racehorses who have brought so much joy to racing fans and horseplayers, and who now reside in the safe, lifelong sanctuary provided by the TRF.
Prefer to donate “off-line”? No problem!
Mail checks or direct Donor Advised Funds to make payment to: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Attn: Kim Weir (indicate ITM Players Podcast in memo)
Cashed a Big Ticket? Claim your “Badge of Honor”!
Launched June 2020! From the brain of JK to the quality products of Old Smoke Clothing, the ITM Team has launched a truly unique way to demonstrate that horseplayers have the horses in their hearts… with the “Badge of Honor” tee. When you cash a ticket worth a mention, give a gift to the horses, and buy yourself this special tee. “I Won & So Did They”.
Check out Pete’s Blog Post about the Badge of Honor here!
TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show – A Global Event (Watch “On Demand” Today!)
About the Horse Show in JK’s words: “I love horses and horse racing and I believe in Second Chances. While I’ve been a supporter and Ambassador for the TRF Second Chances program for some time, I had never had the chance to experience the program “first hand”…. until now. Watching the TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show gave me that opportunity. Meeting the men, seeing them work with and care for the horses and hearing how much the program helps them re-imagine their futures was simply awesome.
If you haven’t yet watched the Horse Show, I hope you’ll take the time (about an hour) to do so. I promise it will make you feel better about the world. It may give you hope that change is possible and it might even inspire you to do what you can to make a difference.” – JK
Every dollar makes difference as we care for 550 retired Thoroughbreds who have given their hearts to the sport we love, and to whom we all owe a healthy, safe and dignified life when their racing days are done. Thank you for your support!
TRF on the Players Podcast: The Archives
Listen to Pete’s latest conversation with the TRF Team. Check out the latest TRF guest episodes here:
- ITM Players Podcast Show (Feb 7, 2020): Kim Weir – TRF Second Chances Expansion
- ITM Players Podcast Show #24 (March 4, 2019): Kim Weir of TRF
- Derby Wars Charity Tournament (April 20, 2019) video: Live Broadcast of Tournament + Special Guests
- ITM Players Podcast Show #43 (May 20, 2019): Preakness Wrap plus TRF Visit
- Channel 10 Feature on Pete’s visit to the TRF Summer Farm (July 29, 2019): TRF Ambassador Peter Thomas Fornatale talks supporting retired racehorses
- ITM Players Podcast Show #74 (September 9, 2019): Nick Tammaro and Kim Weir
- ITM Players Podcast Show #86 (October 30, 2019): Breeders Cup Final Answers, TRF at 28:18
- ITM Players Podcast Show #98 (December 17, 2019): Eddie Olcyzk and Kim Weir, TRF at 1:07
- ITM Players Podcast Show # 115 (February 14, 2020): Frank McGoey, Kim Weir and Sheldon Russell, TRF at 31.31
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- ITM Players Podcast Show #299 (July 13, 2020): Sean Clancy, Kim Weir
- ITM Players Podcast Show # (July 27, 2020): Mike Maloney, Carl Livesay, TRF at 38:30
- ITM Players Podcast Show # (Sept 15, 2020): Jim Lawson, Kim Weir, TRF at 33:32
- ITM Players Podcast Show (Oct, 2020):
- ITM Players Podcast Show (Dec, 2020):
- ITM Players Podcast Show (Jan 26, 2021): Pegasus Recap & NHC Tour Controversy + Kim Weir
- ITM Players Podcast Show (Feb 22, 2021): Saudi Cup Review + Kim Weir
- ITM Players Podcast Show (April 5, 2021): , What We Know Now About the Kentucky Derby
- ITM Players Podcast Show (June 10, 2021): June 10