Quick Call (Photo Credit Cody Jo Wasial)

A Special Day for a Special Horse: July 14th

Date: Wednesday, July 14th

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Place: The Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill. 9 Gridley Street. Meet us on the back porch.

What: Fan Engagement Station – stop by to share your memories and meet the people who cared for and loved this special horse. If Quick Call touched your life, please join us!

The TRF will welcome donations in memory of Quick Call. All gifts of $10 (or more) will receive a memorial wristband, a copy of Quick Call’s Past Performances, and a photo at “Celebrating Quick Call” selfie station. The Horseshoe will be open for lunch (indoors) from 12:00 – 2:00pm

A Final Finish Line

On Wednesday, July 14th, the TRF in partnership with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) will come together with a group of special invited guests on the hallowed ground of Clare Court on the backstretch of the Saratoga Racetrack. Together, we will unveil the memorial marker placed where Quick Call has been laid to rest in the place where he first met so many of the people who loved him.

Following the brief remarks and photos at Clare Court, the TRF and our VIP guests will convene at the Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill to meet with fans and friends of Quick Call. This informal gathering is intended to celebrate the long and extraordinary life of this very special horse. We’ll be joined by the TRF Second Chances Farm manager who cared for him through his final years, Kelsey Kober, along with two of the Superintendents of Wallkill Correctional Facility where Quick Call lived and taught so many men. If Quick Call touched your life, we hope you’ll join us. (No Cost to Attend. No RSVP required.)

Farewell to a Legend

Quick Call was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 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 500 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)

Click Here to enjoy the great video produced by NYRA about Quick Call (July 2018)

Quick Call was the elder statesman of the TRF herd. We celebrated his 35th birthday on February 27, 2019! After his retirement from racing in 1990, Quick Call spent his long retirement at New York State’s Wallkill Correctional Facility where he was 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.