In Brief: Efforts underway to help OTTBs

Hay oatsHay, Oats & Spaghetti dinner set for Saratoga

SARATOGA, N.Y.— The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Fourth Annual “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” dinner on Monday, July 25will be held at Bravo! Restaurant, 3246 Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, from 6 to 9 PM.

This year’s celebration will be bigger than ever so the perennial hosts Giuseppe and Lauren Grisio will be closing the entire restaurant for the event.

“We started at one dining room at Mama Mia’s,” said TRF Board member, Suzie O’Cain. “Last year, we had the lounge at Bravo! This year, Giuseppe and Lauren have given us the entire restaurant, as well as all the food, beer and wine. To think that one business would devote an entire evening during track season for a good cause is almost unimaginable. The TRF is so grateful to the Grisios, who have been beyond generous in their support for the TRF.”

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door, and this year, limited reserved seating is available. Ticket prices include beer, wine and a sumptuous Italian buffet that will be served from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Additionally; there will be a raffle of select signature items. All proceeds will benefit the Saratoga Springs-based TRF, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that is the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred rescue organization.

“Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” is the ideal way to get in stride for the season and to help racing’s biggest stars, the horses. For more details, to reserve tickets and for additional information, please call (518) 226-0028 or visit

The TCA awards over $535,000 in grants

Logo-no-lettersLEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today grants totaling $535,851 have been awarded to 71 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA’s mission. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on

TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred related nonprofits including retirement, rehabilitation and rehoming organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; equine-assisted therapy programs, and research organizations. Grants are provided to organizations that successfully meet the criteria set forth in TCA’s annual grant application. Grant applications for the 2017 grant cycle will be available in early January.

“We are grateful to our donors who make our grants possible,” said TCA president Mike McMahon. “We employ an extensive application review process because we strongly believe in being outstanding stewards of the funds entrusted to us. We are thrilled to support so many organizations doing outstanding work on behalf of Thoroughbreds and those who care for them.”

TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred-related nonprofits including rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and retirement organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; equine-assisted therapy programs; and research organizations.  Since its inception in 1990, TCA has granted over $21 million to more than 200 charities. TCA administers the Horses First Fund, a fund recently started by LNJ Foxwoods to assist a horse rescue operation in Mercer County, Kentucky as well as provide emergency aid for horses in need in the future. From 2000-2015, more than 95% of TCA’s expenditures were allocated to program services including direct grants. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).

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