2015 Calcutta Charity Event

CARMA Awards Over $500,000 to 25 Thoroughbred Aftercare Charities


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.

Over $80,000 Raised at 8th Annual CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser

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.

Baffert shares Triple Crown success with CARMA

Bob and Jill Baffert announced major donations to four charities that care for racing’s retired athletes.  Following American Pharoah’s historic victory in the Belmont Stakes and becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, the Bafferts said donations would be given to CARMA, Old Friends, TAA, and PDJF.  “Jill and I are blessed and honored to be in a position to be able to donate a portion of my earnings to these four special charities whose work is vital to our industry,” said Bob Baffert.  “We hope these contributions will go a long way toward supporting and bringing awareness to the very important work these non-profit organizations do in caring for our human and equine athletes.”

“I spoke to both Bob and Jill before the race and they told me of their plans to shine a very bright spotlight on horse retirement,” said Madeline Auerbach, CARMA’s Founder and Past President.

“We are very grateful to Bob and Jill for making such a substantial contribution to CARMA,” said Lucinda Mandella, Executive Director.  “Their generosity and support means so much.  They have demonstrated exceptional leadership for such an important cause in our industry.”

CARMA, (California Retirement Management Account), was founded in 2007 and has granted over $2.5 million dollars to charities that retire, retrain and re-home off-track Thoroughbreds.  It 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.

Bo Derek and Chuck Winner Join CARMA Advisory Board

California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) is pleased to announce that CHRB Commissioner Bo Derek and CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner have joined the CARMA Advisory Board.  “We are thrilled to have Bo and Chuck join us in our efforts,” said CARMA Founder Madeline Auerbach, “Each has been a strong supporter of CARMA over the years and we look forward to working with them on behalf of our equine stars.”

Chuck Winner is the founder of a marketing and crisis management firm based in Beverly Hills, CA.  He is a long-time Thoroughbred owner, often joining partnerships that have campaigned such horses as Liberian Freighter, I Want Revenge, and Walkslikeaduck.  Appointed to the California Horse Racing Board in 2012, he currently serves as Chairman.

Bo Derek, iconic film star and model, is an avid horse lover and riding enthusiast.  Known for her support of animal welfare, Bo serves on several charitable organizations to benefit animals, including Richard Branson’s Wild Aid and various veterans’ organizations.

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.

John Sadler & Edwin Maldanado face off in 2nd Annual Trainer & Jockey Calcutta at the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show

TCHShpc.inddBridging the gap between the racing world and the horse show world, is the 2nd Annual Trainer & Jockey Calcutta, with race horse trainers and jockeys navigating their mounts through a jumper course. Spectators will be able to buy a win ticket on their favorite team and the pool will be split between the winning ticket holders and CARMA, to continue funding the aftercare of Thoroughbreds. Riders will include trainers John Sadler, Matt Chew, Kristen Mulhall, Janet Armstrong, Jeff Metz, James Cassidy, Emily Mode, Carl O’Callaghan, and Keith Craigmyle; jockeys Martin Garcia, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldanado, Kayla Stra, Desiree Stra, and Britany Smith; former jockeys Zoe Cadman, David Neusch, Jack Stack, and Shelly McGrath.

The event will be featured live on HRTV.com, the network for horse sports. The December 13th evening event will feature a holiday party, including dinner and a no-host bar.

The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) will conduct its third and final show of the 2014 season December 13-14, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) in Burbank, CA.  Presented by the Siegel-CARMA Foundation, the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show spotlights retired racehorses in their second careers as accomplished sport horses.

With the success of the two previous shows this year, the TCHS has a rapidly growing fan base of both show horse and race horse enthusiasts. The LAEC, rich in tradition of offering world-class equestrian events, offers an ideal location for the season finale. Spectators are always welcome anytime during the show.

In addition to the Hunter Derby, Jumper Stakes and Dressage Challenge, classes include Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Combined Training, In Hand, Western Dressage, Western Pleasure and Gymkhana with champions awarded in each division. Year-end Thoroughbred Incentive Program Awards also will be offered.


“The TCHS series continues to raise awareness and open up more opportunities for Off-Track Thoroughbreds to find second careers in new disciplines, while connecting the racing and sport horse worlds,” said Candace Coder-Chew, CARMA Board Member and Director of Print & Graphics, Santa Anita Park, “That has always been a major goal for us.”

Thank you to our sponsors: Breeders’ Cup Limited, Bullet Train, B & B Foundation, Mr.& Mrs. Bob Baffert, Blue Tree Farms, LLC, Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Elizabeth J. Dapp, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Enviro Equine MVP, Marta E. Granstedt DVM, Great American Insurance Company, HRTV, International Racehorse Transport, Devon Geiger Nielsen, TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Schroeder Farms LLC, Wild Gold, and Howard Zucker.

For more information, please access www.thoroughbredclassic.org.