The mares at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's (TRF) barn at James River sometimes reminisce about their lives at the track...and sometimes (unfortunately) there's some bragging: "The night I trotted into the Winner's Circle..." "When my jockey Horatio and I crossed the finish line..." "I knew I was going to win the minute I stepped into the starting gate..."
For some of our mares that have never placed let alone soaked up the glory of the Winner's Circle, stories of track days past can be tough blades of grass to swallow.
So now we're putting our mares on equal footing — in a race to win "Miss TRF 2012: Celebrating Life After Racing!" And we're inviting racing fans to place your vote on which of these "TRF Barn Beauties" deserves to prance into the Winner's Circle Ladies Night, June 23rd.
The 2012 Miss TRF title was ultimately awarded to Skittles after the seventh race. The 7 year old chestnut mare never hit the board in nine lifetime starts, but in retirement Saturday night, she proudly wore a garland of roses in the winner’s circle and received a year’s supply of carrots from Whole Foods.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is the oldest and largest charity devoted to equine rescue. Established in 1983, the TRF is responsible for 1,100 horses in 13 states, including eight prison programs plus foster farms and retirement herds. The TRF's Greener Pastures Program at James River Work Center (JRWC) provides rehabilitation for Thoroughbreds and vocation training for inmate caretakers. TRF stables 27 horses at JRCC's "Barn 4" and 40 men have been certified in horse care and stable management since the chapter was founded in 2007.
TRF would like to thank our herd's dedicated inmate caretakers and the James River Work Center administration and staff; our retraining professional, Brooks Lyon; and our pageant photographers, Debby Thomas (Animal Art and Photography).