Fox Hill Farm’s undefeated champion filly Songbird made a triumphant return in Saturday’s Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita Park – and was able to help retired racehorses in the process. CARMA, a non-profit dedicated to funding Thoroughbred aftercare, raised nearly $700 in donations by selling Songbird apparel which was provided in kind by Fox Hill Farm.
The filly’s strong fan base was eager to get the limited edition hats and t-shirts which featured the filly’s name accompanied by a singing brown colored bird wearing red and white checkered silks.
Some shirts sizes are still available for a $20 online donation.
For the fourth consecutive year, CARMA and aftercare partner CANTER California have joined forces to present the $1,500 High Point Off-Track-Thoroughbred Award at the Woodside Preliminary Challenge. This year’s winner is Dan the Man and James Alliston. As a racehorse, he was known as Runfortherosesdan and earned $16,270 in 7 races (including two wins). He ran exclusively in California, with his last race in 2010 – where he earned a final trip to the Golden Gate Fields Winner’s Circle for Race Trainer Steve Miyadi. He is a 2006 gelding by Atticus out of Bitter Sweet Me.
In all there were 21 retired racehorses competing in the Woodside Preliminary Challenge including CARMA Placement Program graduate CTR Stony Creek and High Duty who was bred, owned and raced by CARMA board member Jan Hawthorne.
CTR Stony Creek (JC Name: Stony Creek) is a 2009 TB Gelding by Bertrando out of Bounty Bay. He earned $700 in two starts, racing exclusively in Southern CA at Del Mar & Santa Anita. His last race was October 2012 (Race trainer: Martin Jones).
High Duty (JC Name: High Duty) is a 2009 TB gelding by Bertrando out of Demo Memo. He ran only one race in his racing career, which he finished 7th place. His only race was at Santa Anita for race trainer Gary Mandella in 2011.
CARMA and CANTER-CA Sponsor Woodside Preliminary 3-Day Event Challenge
ARCADIA, Calif., May 26, 2016 – Thoroughbred racehorses are among the world’s top athletes. With their tremendous bravery, speed, endurance and willing attitude, these horses have plenty to offer equestrians – even when they retire from racing. To help promote Thoroughbreds in their second careers, California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a non-profit dedicated to providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, and CANTER-CA are sponsoring an elite horse show – the Woodside Preliminary Challenge.
The highly anticipated 3-day event competition showcases the talent of the horses and riders by testing their skills in dressage, show jumping and cross country. One of the Thoroughbreds participating in the Woodside Preliminary Challenge is CTR Stony Creek – a graduate of the CARMA Placement Program, which helps facilitate the transition from racetrack to aftercare organizations. Originally placed with CANTER-CA in late 2012, Stony Creek was adopted by Lauren Henry from the organization and become a successful show horse.
“Horses like Stony Creek are the reason we enthusiastically support retraining and adoption for off-track Thoroughbreds,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella. “Thoroughbreds are wonderful athletes and his success in eventing demonstrates that. Despite a less than satisfactory career on the racetrack, Stony Creek has become a star in the horse show world, and certainly for his owner Lauren.”
Together, CARMA and CANTER-CA will be presenting the $1,500 High Point Off-Track-Thoroughbred Award to the top placing Thoroughbred finisher. There are 21 retired racehorses facing off for the accolade, most of whom raced in California.
“CANTER is proud to be partnering with CARMA in presenting this award for the fourth year, honoring the OTTB High Point Winner at Woodside. This award celebrates the breed and highlights and promotes the achievements of retired thoroughbred racehorses in second careers”, said Ali Dacher from CANTER-CA. “CANTER California also would like to thank racehorse owners, the Eggert Family, for supporting second careers for retired racehorses and generously donating a portion of this year’s award.”
The Woodside Preliminary Challenge will be held on Friday May 27 through Sunday May 29, 2016 at the Woodside Horse Park in Redwood City, CA. The renowned equestrian center is approximately 272 acres – boasting novice to advanced level cross country courses, eight arenas and exercise track and ideal viewing areas for spectators.
For those looking to help retired racehorses launch their second career, please visit www.carma4horses.org to donate.
The CARMA Board has awarded more than $500,000 to 25 separate charitable organizations caring for retired California racehorses.
“We are extremely proud of the work we have done over the past year. These funds will help buy much needed hay, feed and medications etc. Hopefully this will give a financial cushion to each of the charities,” said CARMA Founder Madeline Auerbach.
“Not only has the CARMA program proven to be successful in terms of dollars raised, we’re able to see tangible results at the farms and facilities where the horses live. As we go out and visit organizations throughout the year, we can see the money being put to work,” says Lucinda Mandella, CARMA’s Executive Director.
On January 30th, 2016 CARMA will present the charities with a ceremonial check at Santa Anita Park during a winners’ circle presentation.
Organizations receiving funding include After the Homestretch AZ, All Vegas Horses, Auction Horse Rescue Inc., CANTER – CA, California Equine Retirement Foundation, Equine Encore Foundation, Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, Harmony & Hope Horse Haven, Heaven Can Wait, Inc., Heavenly Horse Haven, Hope For Horses, Humanity for Horses, Los Angeles Pet Rescue, Neigh Savers Foundation, Old Friends Inc., Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Saving Horses Inc., Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, Square Peg Foundation, Thoroughbred Rehab Center, Tranquility Farm, TROTT Inc., United Pegasus Foundation, Whispering Meadows Ranch, and White Rock Ranch Horse Rescue.
Arcadia, CA – The Del Mar horse crowd dug deep into their pockets on July 18th to raise money for retired racehorses at CARMA’s (California Retirement Management Account) 8th Annual “CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser. After a day of unseasonable stormy weather, including several hours of rain, “Cards 4 CARMA”, held at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel, was enjoyed by more than 150 owners, trainers, jockeys and fans. The evening included live music, provided by Eric Auckerman’s West Coasters Band, a silent auction, a charity Texas Hold’Em poker tournament and various card games.
Elizabeth Ellis was this year’s winner of the Texas Hold‘Em style poker tournament. Cheered on by fiancé Joe Talamo and many racetrack regulars, she prevailed over what appeared to be a group of seasoned poker players with enthusiasm. Many poker players lingered to cheer her on and to see how the tournament would end, and were able to enjoy the other casino-style games while waiting.
“So many people donated items for the auction, purchased tickets, and sponsored the event this year,” said Lucinda Mandella, CARMA’s Executive Director. “We could not put together such a fun event and raise these kinds of dollars without the support of our entire community – owners, trainers, jockeys, agents, sponsors and volunteers.”
CARMA Founder, Madeline Auerbach, expressed her gratitude for all the support given by the racing industry. “We are so thankful for the support we receive from everyone each and every year. They make it possible for us to help so many horses.”
This year’s grand prize, a Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino weekend package including hotel, dinner and theater tickets was generously donated by MGM Resorts International. Additional sponsors included Madeline Auerbach, Bardy Farm, David Bienstock, Bruce Chandler Racing, CTBA, Daily Racing Form, Double J H Stables, Rick & Marcia Gold, Harris Farms, Havens Bloodstock, Jay Em Ess Stable, Liberty Road Stable, Little Red Feather Racing Club, Narvick International, Pamplemousse Grille, Rancho San Miguel, Jim & Janet Rome, Santa Anita Park, TVG-Betfair, Westrux International, and Chuck Winner.
All CARMA donations will be used to help care for retired racehorses whose careers have ended after competing in California Thoroughbred races. Through a detailed grant process, facilities that care for these Thoroughbreds may apply for funding on an annual basis. Last year, CARMA awarded more than $500,000 to a variety of charities that retire, retrain, and re-home former Thoroughbred racehorses. After such a successful fundraising event, CARMA is looking forward to the grant process which begins in September. The 2015 grants will be presented during the Santa Anita Winter race meet.
CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.
Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Vacation and Original American Pharoah Painting Offered at CARMA Cares Fundraiser
“Cards 4 CARMA” to be held Opening Weekend of the 2015 Del Mar Racing Season
In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting its 8th annual charity fundraiser. “Cards 4 CARMA”, on Saturday, July 18, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 pm.
Attendees of the “Cards 4 CARMA” event will enjoy a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, a Casino Night, silent auction and much more. This year’s grand prize is a two night stay at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, including dinner for two and tickets to the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson ONE. This very special package is provided compliments of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. There will be live music performed by The West Coasters Band, a taco fiesta buffet and a no-host bar. Guests will mix and mingle with industry elite, including racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.
Renowned portrait artist Stephen Bennett has donated an original 72” x 48” acrylic on canvas painting of American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown win in 2015. This one-of-a-kind piece will be auctioned off in a special live auction at the beginning of the poker tournament. Also in the live auction is a 3 day/2 night stay at a luxurious Park City Utah condominium.
“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last seven years for the horses, and are looking forward to the continued support of our friends and partners at this year’s event,” said CARMA Founder Madeline Auerbach. “The CARMA program has been a proven success in terms of dollars raised, and most importantly, in the tangible results seen at our benefiting farms and facilities where the horses live. CARMA has become a leader in the retirement/adoption community and events like this make our work possible.”
Guests who are not playing in the poker tournament can enjoy the festivities – including the live band, delicious food, no-host cocktails, a silent auction and more – for just $50. Individual poker players enter into the limited Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $200 donation.
Tickets for “Cards 4 CARMA” are now available at www.carma4horses.org. For questions please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. The Del Mar Hilton hotel is located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.