CARMA Aftercare Partner Takes Spotlight in Half Moon Bay

The Square Peg Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit which pairs quirky off-track-thoroughbreds with individuals with special needs, was featured on the NBC News Bay Area evening segment on Tuesday.  Founder and lifelong equestrian Joell Dunlap shared Square Peg’s story and the power of the mutually beneficial relationships the students and horses form.

Three CARMA Placement Program horses call Square Peg home and are used to help students make physical, emotional and personal breakthroughs. Annually, CARMA provides Square Peg with a grant to help allow the organization continue its good works and promote retired racehorses as excellent companion animals. Most recently, Square Peg has taken Uluckydevil, a one eye retired racehorse that spent several months in CARMA’s care while rehabilitating from a leg injury. Other CARMA horses in the program include Seven Bridges and Mythical Storm.

Watch the news segment here and follow Square Peg Foundation on Facebook for heartwarming updates.


CARMA Poker Tournament Raises More Than $86,000 For Retired Racehorses

‘Chips All In’ Charity Event Unites Horsemen Del Mar Opening Weekend

ARCADIA, Calif. , July 19, 2016 – It was an evening of intrigue, excitement and promise as more than 200 supporters of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding Thoroughbred aftercare, gathered at the Hilton Del Mar Hotel on Saturday, July 16. The “Chips All In” charity poker tournament raised more than $86,000 to help the organization provide financial aid to more than 20 nonprofits which rehabilitate, retrain and rehome off-track-thoroughbreds.

The soiree began with refreshing cocktails, exquisite Mexican cuisine catered by the Hilton and an assortment of delicious desserts. Guests perused the silent auction filled with highly desirable racing themed items such as paintings of California Chrome and American Pharoah, exclusive trackside experiences, signed sports memorabilia, gift certificates to Del Mar hotspots and equine care services. Eric Auckerman’s West Coasters Band set the mood with their upbeat cover songs and those in attendance mingled with owners, trainers, jockeys and horse racing enthusiasts.
At the conclusion of social hour, the ballroom doors opened and the Texas Hold’em poker tournament began. Participants and spectators hearts raced as the stakes grew with each hand. This year’s winner was Paul Martino, who won a weekend stay at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino along with dinner and theater tickets generously donated by MGM Resorts International.
“This is our final CARMA Cares poker tournament, so we’re very happy to have it go out on a high note,” said Executive Director Lucinda Mandella. “We’ve had a great nine year run with this event, but we’re looking forward to bringing something new to our supporters next year.”
Event proceeds were generated through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and the silent auction. CARMA will use the funds to directly support its 501c3 aftercare partners and to help promote thoroughbreds in second careers. After such a successful fundraising event, CARMA is looking forward to the 2016 grant process, which begins in September. 2016 grants will be presented in December, during the Santa Anita Park Winter Meet.

The 2016 CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser Platinum Sponsors included Bob & Jill Baffert, Madeline Auerbach, Jay Em Ess Stable, Chuck Winner and David Bienstock, Liberty Road Stables, Rancho San Miguel, Reddam Racing, Santa Anita Park, Purple Shamrock Racing, and US Ranger. Gold Sponsors included Mike Pegram, LRF Cares, Pamplemousse Grille, Double JH Stables, Jim and Janet Rome, Oakmont Ranch, and the Daily Racing Form. The Silver Sponsors were Harris Farms, Maureen Richardson CFP, Von Bluecher, Blea & Hunkin Inc., West Coast Feed, and CTBA. Table Sponsors included Haven Bloodstock, Meticulous Talent Management, Gary Stevens and Narvick International.

About California Retirement Management Account
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.

CARMA Goes “All In” For Poker Tournament Finale



9th Annual Thoroughbred Aftercare Fundraiser Set for Del Mar 2016 Opening Weekend

Much like horseracing, Texas Hold’em poker takes skill, strategy and a bit of luck to win. Combining the two for the final time, California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding Thoroughbred aftercare, will host its signature summer CARMA Cares fundraiser on Saturday, July 16 at the Del Mar Hilton at 6:30 p.m.

Offering an entertaining evening of casino games, live music, a silent auction, delicious food, a no-host bar and a silent auction – “Chips All In” is the Must Do social event of the Del Mar opening weekend. Guests will mix and mingle with Southern California’s most prominent racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys while helping raise money for Thoroughbreds that have raced in the state.  Those confident in their poker prowess are encouraged to participate in the thrilling Texas Hold’em Tournament.

“Chips All In will be our final casino themed fundraiser at Del Mar,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella. “It has been incredibly successful and helped raise awareness about the importance of supporting our equine athletes when they cross the wire for the last time.  We are looking forward to offering something new next year on our traditional day of the opening Saturday of Del Mar.”

Through sponsorships and guest attendance, last year’s event raised more than $80,000 – helping CARMA provide funding to more than 20 aftercare organizations which rehabilitate, retrain and rehome off-track-Thoroughbreds.  Annually, CARMA awards over $500,000 to these non-profits through a grant process which takes place in September.

Individual Poker Players will donate $200 and Individual Casino Night tickets are $50. Register for Chips All In and receive two complimentary Clubhouse Passes valid any single day of 2016 Del Mar Summer Meet. Sponsorships are still available ranging from $500 to $5,000.

CARMA is grateful to the many generous donors who’ve sponsored this years’ event.   Chips All In Platinum Sponsors: Purple Shamrock Racing, Madeline Auerbach, Jay Em Ess Stable, Chuck Winner & David Bienstock, US Ranger, Rancho San Miguel and Liberty Road Stables; Gold Sponsors: Mike Pegram and Double J H Stables; Silver Sponsors: California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Harris Farms, West Coast Feed and Von Bluecher, Blea, Hunkin Inc.; Poker Table Sponsor:  Narvick International, Gary Stevens, and Meticulous Talent Management.  Daily Racing Form donated a full page advertisement in its publication and Santa Anita Park donated space in its daily programs to help promote the event.

Tickets for “Chips All In” are now available at For questions please call (626) 574-6654 or email 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.

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About California Retirement Management Account

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.

Songbird Apparel Helps Retired Racehorses








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.


Dan The Man Receives $1,500 High Point Off-Track-Thoroughbred Award

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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.

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Non-Profits to Award $1,500 Prize at Upcoming Horse Show

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 to donate.

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