SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY Carl J. Domino, a longtime fixture on the New York racing circuit and a staunch supporter of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, has been elected to the TRF Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to have Carl join the TRF board,” said TRF Vice President of External Affairs Diana Pikulski. “Carl has been a major supporter of the TRF for many years and he really walks the walk with the horses in his stable, his generosity, and his fundraising on behalf of the TRF.”
A native of New Brunswick, N.J., Domino began his training career as assistant to Dave Schneider. Schneider trained horses for Domino’s mother, Lee Cannata, who owned a 14-horse stable in New York.
Domino would go on to train for several prominent owners, including the late George Steinbrenner’s Kinsman Stable, for whom he won Saratoga’s Grade 1 Ballerina in 1993 with Spinning Round; the late Fred W. Hooper, for whom he won Belmont’s Grade 1 Champagne in 1991 with Tri To Watch and Stanley Ersoff, for whom he won the Grade 1 Arlington Handicap in 1985 with Pass the Line.
On October 15, 1998, Domino’s 13-year-old daughter, Jana, died unexpectedly. The Jana Domino Thoroughbred Foundation was later created in her memory. Its purpose is to financially assist several racing related charities, including the TRF.
“I feel honored and excited to join the TRF, especially at a time when our sport is facing so many different issues,” said Domino, who has two winners at the current Saratoga Race Course meeting. “I am focused and dedicated to giving back to our horses that have given me so much love and pleasure in my career. It is crucial for all people in the horse business to do the right thing by the horses, and since I have always had their best interest at heart, this is a perfect opportunity for me to show it.”
Domino and his wife, Sophia, live in Sea Cliff, NY.
About TRF: Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is the largest equine rescue organization of its kind, devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. The TRF is perhaps best known for its pioneering TRF Second Chances Program which pairs inmates at various state correctional facilities across the nation with ex-racehorses. The inmates participate in a certified vocational training course in horse care and stable maintenance while experiencing the therapeutic benefit of working with horses. For additional information: go to www.trfinc.org, or call (518)226-0028. ♦