Farewell to a Legend
Quick Call was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, October 8 at the age of 35 due to the infirmities of old age. Foaled in 1984, Quick Call was the oldest horse in TRF’s herd of 650 horses. In his lifetime he was a successful racehorse, then a riding horse and finally arrived at the TRF in 2001 where he was an equine teacher in the TRF’s well known Second Chances Program. He was truly an exceptional horse and served as a shining example of the versatility of the Thoroughbred breed. With 89 starts under his girth, he was a warhorse with a brave, strong heart and mind. He became a “posterhorse” for aftercare, serving as an ambassador for all retired Thoroughbred racehorses.
Read more about Quick Call: Joe Clancy’s article “True Calling” in the Saratoga Special (July 12, 2019)
Quick Call is the elder statesman of the TRF herd. In fact he turned 35 on February 27, 2019! Since his retirement from racing in 1990, Quick has spent his long retirement at New York State’s Wallkill Correctional Facility where he is an invaluable teacher to the inmates in our TRF Second Chances Program.
Over the course of his 89 start career, Quick Call won more than $800,000 on the racetrack. He especially loved Saratoga where Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day guided Quick Call to victories in the Forego Handicap in 1988 and 1989, and just missed a third consecutive win at the Forego in 1990—losing by a nose to Lay Down. Prior to retirement, Quick Call scored an exciting upset victory over Sewickley in the 1990 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park. The son of Quack worked for Hall of Fame trainer Sid Watters.
Click Here to enjoy the great video produced by NYRA about Quick Call (July 2018)