TRF Welcomes McLain to Board of Directors
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is pleased to announce the addition of Shon McLain, a successful financial adviser who was once part of the stable operation for Hall of Fame trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, to the organization’s Board of Directors. The Board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.
The TRF’s headquarters is in Saratoga Springs, NY, where McLain founded Saratoga Strategic Partners 12 years ago. Before becoming a financial planner, he worked for ten years as a foreman for Lukas, mainly in Kentucky and California. McLain helped in the development of Kentucky Derby winners Thunder Gulch and Grindstone in 1995 and 1996. Thunder Gulch also won the Belmont Stakes and Saratoga’s Travers Stakes on his way to becoming 1995’s champion three-year-old. The addition of McLain is a welcome one for the TRF and adds to the Board’s diversity. The present TRF Board includes Thoroughbred owners, breeders and trainers, a former racing executive, a former jockey, and business professionals.
“Shon brings a passion and knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry to our organization as well as deep ties within the Saratoga Springs community. We are thrilled to have him on our team to further the mission of the TRF and increase awareness of thoroughbred aftercare.” says John P. Roche, CEO. “We are all looking forward to working with Shon. TRF will benefit from his years of hands-on experience working directly with Thoroughbred racehorses.”
Married and the father of two children, Shon McLain is active in the local community. He volunteers with such groups as the New York State Race Track Chaplaincy Program, Saratoga National Little League, Maple Avenue Parent Network, and the Kiwanis Club.
“I wanted to be involved with the TRF mostly because of my background in racing,” McLain said. “I have been involved with Little League and PTA’s and now that my kids are older, I wanted to also help out a local cause that was personal to me. I wanted to be involved because of all that racing and racehorses have given me.”