LSU Student Among Thirty-Three Veterinary Students Rewarded for Leadership, Commitment to Equine Medicine

Thirty-three veterinary students preparing for a career in equine medicine have received a combined $102,000 in financial support through the 2017 Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program, co-sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race For Education.

The Winner’s Circle scholarships, managed by The Race For Education, are intended to help ease the financial burden of a veterinary education by offering third- and fourth-year students at each of the AAEP’s 39 full or full-affiliate student chapters an opportunity to earn scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the needs of the individual student. Students are selected for scholarships based on their leadership roles and dedication to a future in equine healthcare.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program has provided nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to 315 veterinary students.

“The rising cost of veterinary school continues to present challenges to talented students who endeavor to enter the equine veterinary profession,” said Richard Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, DACVSMR, chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council. “We are grateful to all of our donors and especially thank our partners The Race For Education and Platinum Performance for all their long-time support.”

In 2017, 18 students received $1,500 scholarships; 15 others received $5,000 scholarships— which includes $4,000 in scholarship funds from The Race For Education’s Assets for Independence Program—a federal grant program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration For Children and Families. Only U.S. students attending veterinary school in the U.S. were eligible for awards through the federal matching grant. An additional 19 applicants not selected for Winner’s Circle scholarships are also eligible to received $4,000 awards through the Race For Education’s Assets For Independence Program.


Congratulations to the following 2017 recipients:

Sarah Appleby, University of Wisconsin

Renee Baumann, Oregon State University

Ana Caruso, Texas A&M University

Amanda Craven, University of Wisconsin

Chloe Evetts, University of Florida

Esther Farber, North Carolina State University

Christina Frost, Washington State University

Devin Gardner, University of Missouri

Melanie Harness, University of Guelph

Olivia Hegedus, Ohio State University

Zachary Hulbert, Auburn University

Katherine Larson, Mississippi State University

Michala Lindley, Washington State University

Caitlin Malik, Louisiana State University

Amy McBirney, University of California Davis

Mariah Melin, University of Minnesota

Logan Metzen, Iowa State University

Allison Mustonen, Purdue University

Haley O’Connell, Ross University

Kirstie Oswald, University of Saskatchewan

Callayn  Paul, Michigan State University

Jenetta Porter, Iowa State University

Jessica Quigley, Tuskegee University

Shelbe Rice, University of Georgia

Kaitlyn Rigby, Kansas State University

Rachel Roberson, Auburn University

Allison Salinger, Western University of Health Sciences

Madison Skelton, Midwestern University

Jason Smith, Virginia-Maryland College

Kelsey Stoner, Washington State University

Cally Webster, Ohio State University

Hanum Wensil-Strow, University of Pennsylvania

Emma Winstead, Tufts University


About AAEP Foundation

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $3.7 million to support its mission. For more information, visit


About The Race For Education

Since its’ inception in 2002, The Race For Education has delivered more than $6 million in scholarships and educational programs. Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race for Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges. The ultimate goal is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community. For additional information about The Race for Education, visit


About Platinum Performance

Platinum Performance® believes in the power of nutrition and supplementation, and remains committed to providing formulas that produce superior results in the horse. Over the past several decades, Platinum has continued to research the role of nutrition with regards to wellness and performance and is committed to providing equine veterinarians, horse owners and trainers the nutritional tools they need to benefit from cutting edge equine nutrition. Horse Health is the Platinum Performance Mission and we look forward to helping you NOURISH YOUR PASSION. Find more at

Registration is Open for Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park

The Elite Program, Inc. will present their Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park, Oklahoma City August 17-19. Registration is open and interested persons may register and guarantee a spot in that class at or
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  • Focus on information important to both new and experienced trainers
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Trainer Elite 301


Short Course on principles of training and rules of racing preparing students to take state trainers licensing exam. (State licensing exams administered by respective state and completion of this class does not guarantee licensing.) A complete list of topics is available from the left hand menu. Tuition: $250 (includes loose-leaf bound handout materials, refreshments and CD of materials).
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Bossier City, LA – There are still a few spots remaining for Saturday’s National Horseplayers Championship at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

The entry fee for the handicapping contest is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll). It will be  limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  This will be a live format, with $5.00 win, place and show wagers on five Louisiana Downs races and an additional five races from either the Belmont Park or Gulfstream Park’s Saturday afternoon cards.  The contest rules are posted on the Louisiana Downs website.

Saturday’s contest has attracted some of the most elite tournament players, including Judy Wagner, the first woman to win the NHC and her husband, Bryan Wagner, winner of the 2009 NHC Tour. Michael Beychok, is also entered. He holds the distinction of being the first horseplayer to capture a $1 million grand prize in a handicapping contest.

Trey Stiles, who resides in Houston, Texas, is another experienced player registered for Saturday’sevent at Louisiana Downs. Through both live and online contests, Stiles has qualified for the final an impressive 15 years in a row.  He was pleased that Louisiana Downs set a date this year.

“I find live contests to be more fun,” said Stiles. “It’s an easy commute from Houston and an opportunity to catch up with some buddies.”

Stiles uses the past performances from the Daily Racing Form and begins by charting his likely plays for the contest as well as some longshots for consideration.

“My strategy is to map out a baseline dollar amount that I will need to hit to win the contest,” added Stiles. “If someone has a big lead heading into the final few races, then I’ll have to alter my selections and look for a bomb.”

The top two finishers will win a berth to the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship, the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament, in Las Vegas, February 9-11, 2018. Both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas. In addition, cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to both the third and fourth-place participants and players finishing fifth through eighth will receive $150.

The Louisiana Downs 2017 Thoroughbred racing season began on May 6 and is off to a great start with notable increases in handle.  This week, racing officials were able to add an addition race to the Monday and Tuesday cards.  Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager, is pleased with that development and looks forward to welcoming NHC contest players on June 17​.

“Hosting this regional qualifying tournament for the National Horseplayers Championship at Louisiana Downs was an important priority this year,” said McIntosh. “We look forward to showcasing our main track and turf course on Saturday and providing excellent hospitality to each of the horseplayers in the contest.”

Registration for the Louisiana Downs contest is still open, but will be capped at 100, so register as soon as possible!  Players wishing to enter should contact Tracey Blevins ( or Michele Ravencraft (

​Louisiana Downs ​Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through June 12, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster holds a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 18 wins. Ronnie P. Ward and Denise Schmidt are tied for second with six wins and Jorge Gomez. H. B. Johnson and Thomas Nixon have each saddled five winners.

The battle for leading rider is heating up with Richard Eramia taking over the top spot on the leader board with 20 wins.  Gerardo Mora, who finished third in the jockey standings last year, is currently in second place with 18 trips to the winner’s circle. Jose Andres Guerrero has 17 wins and Hector Del-Cid and apprentice Aubrie Green are tied with ten wins each.

Jorge Gomez and Red Rose Racing share the lead in the owner standings with five wins each. Patti Turner and Beverly Burress follow closely with four victories.

Post Times and Stakes Schedule

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m.(Central) post time through September 27.

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  To see a complete list of the 2017 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, click here.

About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.

For further information, please contact:

Trent McIntosh  |  Assistant General Manager
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111

Mobile Bay Named 2016 Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year at LTBA Annual Awards Banquet


Mobile Bay was named Louisiana’s 2016 Horse of the Year at the June 10 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s annual meeting and awards banquet at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana.

This is the second consecutive year that the Tigertail Ranch homebred received Horse of the Year honors. He was also named Louisiana’s Four Year Old & Upwards Champion Male earlier this year after ending his 2016 campaign with three stakes wins and $302,150 earnings for the year, the highest earnings of any Louisiana-bred for 2016.

The son of Lone Star Special is out of Tranquility Bay (Out of Place), the dam of five winners from six starters including the stakes placed Galveston Harbor. She also has an unraced juvenile filly by U S Ranger and foaled a Dominus colt in April. Lone Star Special, the sire of Mobile Bay belongs to Tigertail Ranch and stands at The Horse of Course in Benton, La.

Trained by Victor Arceneaux, Mobile Bay won the 2017 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Stakes to boost his lifetime earnings to $1,006,440, only the 9th Louisiana bred in history to reach millionaire status.

Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch dominated the awards. In addition to Horse of the Year and Older Male honors, Tigertail Ranch also garnered awards for Four-Year-Old & Upwards Filly or Mare, Wheatfield, and Leading 2016 Breeder by Breeders Awards.

Horse of the Year ~ Mobile Bay: Tigertail Ranch (Irwin Olian), owner and breeder.
2yo filly ~ Mr. Al’s Gal;: J. Adcock and Neal McFadden, breeders; Keith Bonura and Rodney Virgadamo, owners.
2yo colt or gelding ~ Tip Tap Tapizar: Summer Hill Farm LLC (William Andrade), breeder; Whispering Oaks Farm (Carol Castille), owner.
3yo filly ~ Big World: Curt Leake and Elm Tree Farm, LLC (Michelle and Jody Huckabay), breeders; Maggi Moss, owner.
3yo colt or gelding ~ Extra Credit: Richard and Bertram Klein, owner and breeder.
4 & up filly or mare ~ Wheatfield: Tigertail Ranch (Irwin Olian), owner and breeder.
4 & up male ~ Mobile Bay: Tigertail Ranch (Irwin Olian), owner and breeder.
Broodmare of the Year ~ Pentatonic: Relentless Racing, LLC (Misty and Chad Dugar), owners.
Stallion of the Year ~ Half Ours: Half Ours Group, owners; standing at Clear Creek Stud. Breeder of the Year ~ Irwin Olian (Tigertail Ranch)
High Percentage Breeder (tie) ~ Relentless Racing, LLC (Misty and Chad Dugar), and Warren J. Harang III.

Louisiana Bred Believe in Bertie Looks to Rebound in Mint Julep

Believe in Bertie Looks to Rebound in Mint Julep
Photo: Hodges Photographyy / Amanda Hodges Weir

Believe in Bertie won the Red Camelia Stakes in March

Klein Racing’s homebred Believe in Bertie, first or second in 10 of 12 starts, tops the field of seven fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (G3T) June 10 at Churchill Downs.

The Mint Julep Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile test over the Matt Winn Turf Course, is carded as race 10 on an 11-race program with an approximate post time of 5:21 p.m. EDT.

A Louisiana-bred daughter of Langfuhr   trained by Brad Cox, the 4-year-old Believe in Bertie is coming off a game head runner-up effort to favored Roca Rojo in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (G2T) on the  Derby Day undercard. Trained by Chad Brown, Roca Rojo is among the top contenders for the grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday.

The Distaff Turf effort ended a four-race win streak for Believe in Bertie, who won a trio of stakes wins this winter at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots led by a 7 3/4-length romp in the Pago Hop Stakes at one mile on turf and a half-length triumph in the Daisy Devine Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on grass. Topweighted at 122 pounds, $393,682-earner Believe in Bertie will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, who won last year’s Mint Julep with Cash Control for Richard Klein’s Klein Racing and Cox. The Klein family also took the 2013 edition of the race with Miz Ida.

Expected to give the front-running Believe in Bertie a stiff challenge is Janis R. Whitham’s Whitham Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old homebred Linda, third in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile for trainer Ian Wilkes. Unplaced in only one of 10 starts and with earnings of $336,110, the 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly typically settles off the early pace before making a late run.

Over the Churchill turf course and at the same distance as the Mint Julep, Linda last year won the grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes to complete her sophomore season. The filly began her 2017 campaign with a third in the Honey Fox Stakes (G2T) won by Celestine at Gulfstream Park.

Dona Bruja, a homebred for Ivan Gasparotto’s Dom Felipe stable, will be making her U.S. debut in the Mint Julep after beginning her career in Argentina. Trained by Ignacios Correas, the 5-year-old mare has won eight of 10 starts, with two seconds, including the group 1 Copa de Plata Roberto Vasquez Mansilla Internacional over 1 1/4 miles on turf at San Isidro in her most recent start last December and was named champion older female. She has been with Correas at Keeneland this spring.

Old Forester Mint Julep H. (G3T)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, June 10, 2017, Race 10
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:21 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Believe in Bertie (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 122 Brad H. Cox 7/5
2 2Majestic Angel (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Joseph Rocco, Jr. 113 Eric R. Reed 30/1
3 3Sky My Sky (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Sophie Doyle 116 Mark E. Casse 9/2
4 4Dona Bruja (ARG) Declan Cannon 119 Ignacio Correas, IV 3/1
5 5Lots o’ Lex (KY) Calvin H. Borel 114 Gerald Russel Aschinger 15/1
6 6Dynazar (KY) Gabriel Saez 115 Dallas Stewart 15/1
7 7Linda (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 121 Ian R. Wilkes 5/2

First Winner for Louisiana Sire Bind Has Claiborne Connections

Bind, who was bred by Claiborne Farm and raced by Claiborne and Adele Dilschneider, sired his first winner from his first starter June 2nd as two-year-old filly Meter scored impressively in her debut at Evangeline Downs. Going 4 ½ furlongs against maiden juvenile fillies, she won handily by five lengths.

Meter is out of the War Front mare Gauge and also bred and raced by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. In this first start, she broke well and was on the lead at every call winning for trainer Albert Stall, Jr. in a final time of 52.65.

Meter’s dam, Gauge, was bred to the promising new Claiborne stallion Lea and foaled a filly earlier this year.

Bind is a son of the late Claiborne stallion Pulpit and out of the Unbridled mare Check. He is off to a strong start at stud for Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms in Coushatta, Louisiana where he stands for $1,500.

Bind was a talented runner himself, winning his debut by 9 ½ lengths at Fair Grounds while earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure. A winner at 3, 4 and 5, Bindplaced in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes, an allowance at Churchill, and ran fourth to millionaire Handsome Mike in the Commonwealth Cup (gr.III) at Keeneland.

A half-brother to Hakama, who placed in the Illinois Derby (gr.III), Bind hails from a strong female family which includes Graded Stakes victors Watch, War Thief, and Prime Meridian. His first foals are two-year-olds this year.


Former Jockey Beverly Burress Posting Solid Stats as an Owner and Trainer

Bossier City, LA – The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs got underway on May 6.  Officials made some changes in the live race day schedule in hopes of boosting handle and have already noted significant increases.   

Through the first 16 days of racing, total handle on live races was up 23%. The change the in the racing schedule from Wednesdays-Saturdays in 2016 to a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday format in 2017 has been extremely successful and impactful.

“The change to Monday and Tuesday racing was made in an effort to avoid competition from the major racing that takes place on the weekends,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “We were confident we would likely see an increase, but Mondays and Tuesdays have been even stronger than expected.”

One other very positive note is the escalation in field size in 2017.  With gains in handle on Monday and Tuesday as well as additional horses showing up in the entry box in 2017, Louisiana Downs will be adding one race per day each Monday and Tuesday for the remainder of the meet.

“We have seen increases in field size, horse population and handle, so beginning June 12, an additional race per day (on Monday and Tuesday) will be carded at Louisiana Downs,” added McIntosh. “To say it has been a fun and successful start to the meet would be an understatement.”


Beverly Burress Makes Smooth Transition from Jockey to Trainer at Louisiana Downs

Becoming a jockey was a dream come true for Beverly Burress, who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Jones, Oklahoma. Both her dad, Bobby Burress and uncle, Billy, had ridden the Louisiana circuit before embarking on second careers as trainers.

She got her license in 2005 and rode for eight years. Burress had an excellent start as an apprentice, winning 29 races at Remington Park and 30 as a bug rider at Oaklawn Park.

“I am the all-time winningest female apprentice at Oaklawn,” said Burress.

Her second year in the saddle, 2006, was her best. She won 66 races and $1.1 million in purses.

However, after she lost her bug, she was injured in a spill, and had a difficult time getting named on horses.

“The injury was tough, and then I felt that I had to prove to trainers that I could still win races,” admitted Burress.

Burress continued to ride until 2013, piloting her final mount on September 22, 2013.  She had a pretty good reason for hanging up her tack​.​

“I was four months pregnant with my son,” she said.

Burress, 32, and her husband, jockey Juan Larrosa, are proud parents of Juan, Jr, who is now 3-years-old. She took out her training license in 2016, and saddled her first winner last November at Delta Downs. It is a true family affair as Juan rides and their son runs the shedrow, barefoot and beloved by the horses!

Burress is off to a very good start in 2017 and has won four races from seven starts at Louisiana Downs.  Plus, she is currently tied for leading owner with Patti Turner and Red Rose Racing.

“We are very hands-on,” said Burress of her stable. “Our day begins at 4:00 am and on race days, we don’t leave until after 6 pm, but we love doing what we do.”

And whereas many second or third generation horsemen and women might prefer to impart their own imprint on their training program, Burress loves getting input from her family members.  In addition to her dad, grandfather and uncle, her sister, Christy Hamilton began as an exercise rider and is now an assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. Christy was previously married to Thoroughbred rider, Quincy Hamilton.

“Horsemen of today don’t give enough credit to the horsemen of yesterday,” she stated. “I will always listen to my dad and uncle. Plus, I am training a horse for my 87-year-old grandfather, Billy “Chief” Burress! Gospel Glamour is doing well and will probably run by the end of the month.”

She and Juan own a home in Princeton, Louisiana, chosen for its good school system.  Burress has done well with her claiming and lower level allowance runners and would love to have a few stakes-caliber horses in her barn. However, she never wants to get so big that she is unable to work one-on-one with each runner.

“I think about renaming my stable one day and calling it the “Hands On Stable”, she said. “As each horse leaves the barn and heads to the racetrack, they would pass by me holding a bucket of white paint. I would leave a nice white handprint right on their butt!”

A hard worker with a wonderful sense of humor. Hard not to root for this affable horsewoman!


Calling All Horseplayers!

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will host a regional qualifying event for the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship. The contest will be held on Saturday, June 17.

This will be a live format, with win, place and show wagers on ten selected races. The entry fee is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll) and the contest will be limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  All participants must be NHC Tour Members and may join online. The fee of $50 offers valuable discounts for handicapping products and entry into the four FREE remaining online tournaments in 2017.

The top two finishers will win a berth in the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament which will take place in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2018. In addition, both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas.

Registration is now open. Players needing further information may contact Tracey Blevins ( or Michele Ravencraft (

Race Day Promotions

Fans in attendance on Saturday, June 10 will receive a $5.00 FREE BET which can be redeemed on Saturday, June 17.  Louisiana Downs offers value for racing fans each Wednesday with Dollar Day. They will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 beer at the Paddock as well as $1 programs. Saturday’s weekly promotion is the Family Four Pack featuring four hot dogs, four sodas, a program, and a box seat for four at the affordable price of just $16.


The Total Rewards program is free for horseplayers. With the swipe of their card each Saturday, members will receive valuable incentives.  These include:

  • Play $250 or more to receive a 5X multiplier
  • Play $1,000 or more to receive a 7X multiplier
  • Play $5,000 or more to receive a 10X multiplier

Participant’s multiplier cannot exceed a total balance of more than one hundred thousand (100,000) Reward Credits during one promotional day after the multiplier is applied.


Post Times and Stakes Schedule

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time through September 27.

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  To see a complete list of the 2017 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, click here.

About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.

For further information, please contact:

Trent McIntosh  |  Assistant General Manager
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111

TRF Fundraising Initiative Gives Ownership Feel

TRF Fundraising Initiative Gives Ownership Feel
Photo: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Esteemed Friend, who won more than $800,000 in 69 starts, is part of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s herd

An initiative launched by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation gives donors an opportunity to help provide for the care of a former racehorse while getting the feel of horse ownership without the added responsibilities.

If a donor chooses to become a sponsor, which starts at $250, the TRF will send regular updates on the horse and may allow visits as well, depending on the horse’s location.

“It is like having your own horse,” said Jennifer Stevens, assistant director of development and horse sponsorship for TRF.

“Horse Sponsors receive a personalized package about their horse that includes pedigree, past performances, and photos of the horse. In addition, there are different gifts depending on donation level,” she said, adding that most of the horses available for sponsorship are part of TRF’s Second Chances program at correctional facilities.

“Throughout the year we send updates on the horse with photos whenever possible. Most people want the option to visit their horse, and we can usually arrange that depending on the program that particular horse is in. It is best to know if someone wants to visit before we pick out their horse,” Stevens said.

With 24 locations in nine states across the United States, the 800-horse herd owned by TRF consists of some adoptable off-track Thoroughbreds and many long-term retirees that are unable to be ridden or adopted (around 200 of their horses are 20 years old or older). The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organization estimates that many of these lifers—most of the horses needing sponsorship—will remain in their care for 10-15 years and cost approximately $2,500 per year per horse. This puts the cost for one off-track Thoroughbred anywhere from $25,000 to $37,500 for the organization. While some breeders or past owners help pay for their care, the organization said only 5% of its herd is fully supported by former connections.

From the sponsor’s perspective, the way Stevens and the TRF view it, $250 for one year is a workable donation for many who are interested in giving to a charity. While a $2,500 platinum sponsorship may be out of reach for an individual, groups of horse lovers have joined forces to share in a retired racer like a syndicate.

“Sponsorship starts at $250. If you break that down it is only $20.83 per month, which is really like one lunch out,” she said. “Our goal is to get at least $1,000 for each horse. A platinum sponsorship fully takes care of a horse for one year for less than $3 a day. Often there are several people sponsoring the same horse that allows us to get to that level. One group of friends even created a ‘Syndicares’ sponsorship where each person pledged $1 a day to care for a horse we rescued.”

Some of the horses needing sponsors are listed on the TRF’s website along with short biographies that Stevens hopes will grab someone’s attention or spark a memory of good times at the track.

For horse lovers unable to have one of their own, a TRF sponsorship may offer a next-best option.

“Usually someone will choose a horse who speaks to them in some way—the name, the pedigree, where it raced, the physical location of the horse or sometimes just how the horse looks will remind them of a horse they once knew or loved,” Stevens said. “Sponsoring a horse is a great way for people who love horses or racing to help out a former racehorse.”

Efforting Wins Acadiana Stakes


Acadiana Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-2-17, 7f
Three-Year-Old Fillies, Purse: $50,000

Into Mischief-Get Going Bertie, by Carson City
Owner: Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc.
Breeder: Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Trainer: Allbert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J Hernandez

Rose Guitar
Star Guitar-Rose Hunter, by Jade Hunter
Owner: Oak Leaf T.C. LP
Breeder: Oak Leaf Farm TCLP
Trainer: Jose R. Mendez
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Red La Rosa
Harborage-Ziarita, by Maria’s Mon
Owner: Sandra Domiano
Breeder: Royal B. Kraft Sr.
Trainer: Corale A. Richards
Jockey: E Nieves


The $50,000 Acadiana Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs was run Friday.June 2 at Evangeline Downs. Efforting was sent off as the 7-5 betting favorite and lived up to that support by drawing off to a 3-1/2 length victory in a final time of 1:24.81. She settled nicely in behind the pacesetting Molly Rules at the outset. Molly Rules set a decent pace of 23.27 seconds for the quarter and 46.76 for the half, but once the field made the stretch, jockey Colby Hernandez moved Efforting to the front and she never looked back.

Efforting is a 3-year-old filly bred in Louisiana by Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc. She is owned by Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc. She is by Into Mischief and out of the Carson City mare, Get Going Bertie.