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Mercer County Rescue Update

By Fran LaBelle It never ceases to amaze how quickly mistreated horses can make a full comeback with patience, care and a whole lot of love. This has been true ever since the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched its Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York back in 1984. That program has […]

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Pikulski: All horses matter, deserve happiness

By Susan Salk on November 18, 2016 Diana Pikulski’s unwavering commitment to 825 ex-racehorses in the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is, in part, an extension of her core belief in the sanctity of animal life, a powerful feeling dating back to childhood and a memory of lamb slaughter. She was 12 years old when she and her family visited […]

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Derby winning team keeps promise to help OTTB

By Susan Salk on November 4, 2016 Making good on a promise to help an unremarkable racehorse who once passed through the hands of Kentucky Derby winning trainer Graham Motion, a staffer of the famous horseman worked tirelessly to secure a sanctuary home at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for a sweet gelding who’d run out […]

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Tearful breeder reunited with TRF rescue horse

By Susan Salk on September 30, 2016 Cathy Hartsock rushed into Barn 4 at theThoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s James Riverlocation, found the right stall, and threw her arms around the neck of the copper chestnut gelding she’d been worrying about for years. She began to cry. “I felt like I was seeing one of my children,” […]

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Sovereign Kit Euthanized at 19 

Lexington, KY – September 21, 2016 – Sovereign Kit, one of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s only stallions, was euthanized last week due to complications from colic. He was 19 years old. An Argentinean bred Thoroughbred; Sovereign Kit began his career in Argentina before making his way to the New York circuit. Sovereign Kit went to […]

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Mercer County Horses Thriving at TRF

By Sue Finley Two months after being rescued from a dire neglect case in Mercer County on a farm leased by trainer Maria Borell and her father, the six horses entrusted to the inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Blackburn Correctional Facility are thriving. While many of them still have months to go in their […]

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Death-farm horse heals the hurt of an inmate

By Susan Salk on September 16, 2016 About a year after Ollie (JC: Oligopolist) was pulled off a Virginia farm with 80 other endangered and starving equines, the chestnut Thoroughbred ex-racehorse whose future was so uncertain then now brings comfort to a prisoner who relates to the animal’s struggle and triumph. “He’s been through a […]

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“Spa Day” for Retired Horses Provided by Equestrian Team

Article originally appeared: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-equest/spec-rel/091216aac.html September 12, 2016 The South Carolina Equestrian team is accustomed to taking care of the horses on which they compete, but the Gamecocks paid it forward recently by providing a little tender loving care to retired thoroughbreds housed at the Wateree River Correctional Institution with some serious grooming and bathing of the […]

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TRF Welcomes Warhorse from Puerto Rico

By Susan Salk on August 29, 2016 The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF, Inc.) this week welcomed racing warrior Immortal Wink into the herd of the nation’s largest horse charity following an all-out effort to retire him last month from a Puerto Rico racetrack. The 10-year-old gelding raced 142 times, earning north of $100,000, before he […]

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Birthday Girl Sponsors Quite Rightly

By Susan Salk on July 29, 2016 Quite Rightly meets his 10-year-old sponsor Sara Linsner. A Long Island elementary school grad and her parents drove nearly five hours last month to meet a stakes placed great-grandson of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, the newest member of their family. Though the horse is not famous, and the […]

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Convicts empathize with forsaken OTTBs

July 11, 2016 Lexington, KY – In a twist of fate, men at the Blackburn Correctional Facility in TRF’s Second Chances program who may have awoken on June 28th, 2016 questioning their own self worth, were entrusted with a life or death mission – to nurse to health six starved horses who were deemed the […]

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