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Anne Tucker, pictured with Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation retiree Covert Action, says she was deeply touched by a generous donation from high school students.

Students dance 27 hours to raise $14K for horses

Philanthropic high school students in Virginia recently donated $14,000 to help the horses and inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) James River facility. Following months of fundraising, the drive culminated in a 27-hour Deep Run Marathon Dance, which raised funds for 12 charities, including the TRF. Students, who considered applications from 53 charities, were so impressed by the work the TRF does to help prison inmates and horses through its unique Second Chances program, that they presented the charity with a check to purchase a four-wheel-drive vehicle needed to maintain the farm. “The donation restores my faith in humanity,” says Anne […]

OTTB aims for bronze in dressage

Emily Goldstein’s fancy OTTB might possess all the right stuff. It’s been only three years since Siouxperlucky went into training for a second career, but showed so much natural talent that he’s now on track to compete for the bronze medal in classical dressage. “I never even thought about us doing classical dressage until one of my trainers, Carol Herron, a Prix St. George rider, was looking at him one day. She was always remarking on how well he moved, and she said she thought he had the potential to go into upper level dressage,” Goldstein says. “I had always thought of him as […]

Suffolk Downs racing analyst and handicapper Jessica Paquette and her OTTB What a Trippi have fought hard to get to where they are today.

Blood, sweat and tears shaped their destiny

In the six years since Jessica Paquette threw in her lot with a horse so cranky he once had to be cordoned off with orange cones, the pair has literally faced blood, sweat and tears on a journey filled with many challenges. After she purchased New England champion What a Trippi in 2010 knowing full well the adorable bay gelding had a bad-boy disposition and a “bag of tricks,” the pair toughed out a rough ride before finding their happy place. “Last year we had the perfect storm of unfortunate incidents,” says Paquette, race analyst and handicapper for Suffolk Downs. […]