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Legendary Champion Lives on Through Financial Support in the Equine Community

Since its inception in 2003, 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.

Most recently, the Foundation is proud to announce it lends its support to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Old Friends – Founded as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned thoroughbreds, Old Friends brings both the recognition and responsibility for horse retirement to the equine industry.
  • Colorado State University – Laminitis Research through the Orthopaedic Research Center – renowned for its work in equine joint problem prevention and healing research.
  • 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.
  • R.A.C.E. Fund – Preserving the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses and racetrack ponies by facilitating and providing for their care and well being during their transition to retirement, sanctuary care and or adoption.

In previous years, the Race for Education, Kentucky Derby Museum, Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, and the New Bolton Veterinary Research Center are just a partial list of groups who have received assistance from 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” – and other luminaries within the sport. 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.

I am so honored that Secretariat’s legacy lives on through the love received from his fans. Their support and 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 beneficial organizations. ~ Penny Chenery

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