Saratoga Springs, NY –  October 6, 2023 – The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has received a $60,000 matching gift from the Santulli Family Foundation to launch the 2023 Hay Drive. The TRF Hay Drive is one of the most important campaigns for the organization. It ensures the herd off 425 retired racehorses are given the support they need through the winter months. The TRF’s goal to help fill the hay loft’s is $120,000. It is critical with rising costs at all of the TRF farms, to meet and surpass the goal.

The Santulli Family Foundation, under the stewardship of Richard and Peggy Santulli, has pledged to match every dollar donated to the TRF, up to $60,000. This means that each contribution made by supporters of TRF will have double the impact.

“We are deeply grateful to the Santulli Family Foundation for their unwavering support of our mission,” said Kelly Armer, Executive Director of the TRF. “This generous matching grant will help us provide the necessary care to retired racehorses, ensuring they live their retirement years in comfort and happiness.”

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About TRF: Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a national organization devoted to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete at the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. As the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country, the TRF provides sanctuary to retired Thoroughbreds throughout their entire lifetime.

Best known for its pioneering Second Chances Program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with life-changing vocational training through an accredited equine care and stable management program. At eight correctional facilities across the US, including one juvenile justice facility, this program offers second careers to its horses and a second chance at life for program graduates upon release from prison.