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Legendary Champion Lives on Through Financial Support in the Equine Community

Since its inception almost a decade ago, the Secretariat Foundation has provided thousands of dollars of support and assistance to individual organizations and charitable efforts that benefit the Thoroughbred community. Grant recipients include a myriad of local, regional, and national organizations focused on the key areas of equine welfare related to retirement, rescue and retraining, laminitis and veterinary research, therapeutic use of the Thoroughbred, and initiatives that promote thoroughbred racing and celebrate it’s place in history.

For 2013, the Foundation is proud to announce it lends its support to:

  •  LOPE Rescue, Texas – Founded as a rescue and retraining facility to provide Texas racehorses with the opportunities for new careers after their racing days end
  •  Live and Let Live Farm, New Hampshire  – A shelter facility that rescues abused and unwanted animals, mainly horses, and provides them either a temporary or permanent safe place to interact with people. When applicable, appropriate homes will be found for rehabilitated animals. Those animals that are considered un-adoptable will be given lifetime care at the farm.
  •  The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), New York – The largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack.
  •  Retired Race Horse Project (RRTP), Maryland – The RRTP works to facilitate the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by educating the public about the history, distinctive characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of the iconic American Thoroughbred.
  •  Race for Education (RFE), Kentucky – The RFE provides educational programs and college scholarships to young people in the equine and agriculture industry with significant financial need.
  •  Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund (PDJF) – The PDJF is committed to working with both industry and medical research groups to improve the safety of both the human and equine athlete as well as medical research projects dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries.

“On this 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown, I am so honored that his legacy lives on in the love and support shown by his fans,” said Penny Chenery, executive director of the Foundation and the First Lady of American Racing. “Their donations make a real difference in the lives of these equine athletes, and I am so grateful to every person who gives of their time, talents and personal treasure to sustain these wonderful projects.”

In previous years, the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation, Kentucky Derby Museum, Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, and the New Bolton Veterinary Research Center are just a partial list of groups who have benefited from the generosity of the Secretariat Foundation.

Foundation revenue is primarily derived from the licensing and sale of official Secretariat merchandise, personal autographs and signing appearances with “Team Secretariat” – Penny Chenery, Ron Turcotte and Charlie Davis and the individual contributions by the millions of fans whose affection for the “Big Red Horse” has allowed the Foundation to help make a positive difference in the lives of those in the racing industry, and the Thoroughbred most of all.

As Secretariat’s enduring popularity is celebrated by new generations of racing fans and horse lovers everywhere, the Secretariat Foundation will continue to be a source for inspiration to perpetuate his legacy and serve both the industry and the sport he helped define.

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