TCA names Youth Essay winners
Two horse crazy teens were named winners of the annual Thoroughbred Charities of America’s (TCA) Youth Essay Contest, a recognition honoring their talents as storytellers and experiences with Thoroughbred horse charities that changed their lives.
Winners Kayla Urbasik, 14, of Ontario and Mary Eddy, 16, of Wilton, N.Y. wrote compelling stories about their experiences with Long Run Retirement Society of Canada and Old Friends Cabin Creek facility in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., respectively.
Urbasik wrote about the day ex-racehorse Thoroughbred Tall Glass came into her life, and transformed it. The ex-racehorse Thoroughbred, whom her mother Edie Urbasik adopted in 2008 went from being a “big horse” a little girl admired, to a show horse for the increasingly confident teen.
Eddy wrote about how her volunteer position at Old Friends in New York offered her a happy place during rocky times in her life, and how her connection with horses soothed her. (Please see both essays via this hyperlink).
The charities described in the essays were each awarded $1,000 grants by the TCA.
Amazombie retires to Old Friends
2011 Sprint Champion and Eclipse Award winner Amazombie, who was retired earlier this year, will be pensioned at the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., according to a press release.
A California bred, Amazombie was campaigned by the partnership of Tom Sanford and leading So Cal trainer William Spawr. A gelded son of Northern Afleet, Amazombie achieved his first stakes win at age five in the 2011 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita with Mike Smith aboard.
Smith teamed with Amazombie again for the bay gelding’s first graded stakes win in the 2011 Potrero Grande (G2), which was followed by victories in the Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park and Ancient Title Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. The banner year culminated with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GR1) at Churchill Downs and an Eclipse Award in the Sprint division.
The following season Amazombie returned for a repeat win in the Potrero Grande and a third Grade 1 victory in the Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar. In all, Amazombie captured 12 of 29 starts and earnings of over $1.9 million.
“It’s wonderful to have another great Breeders’ Cup Champion joining Old Friends,” says Old Friends Founder and President Michael Blowen. “Amazombie has a huge fan base here and we’re looking forward to their visiting. We want to send a special thanks to trainer Bill Spawr for taking such great care him and for entrusting him to us.” ♦