A Long Island elementary school grad and her parents drove nearly five hours last month to meet a stakes placed great-grandson of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, the newest member of their family.
Though the horse is not famous, and the Linsner family is not horsey, they all drove with eager anticipation to visit bay Thoroughbred gelding Quite Rightly after Sara Linsner celebrated turning 10 with an altruistic gift from her aunt.
For her birthday, the horse-loving girl was given a framed photo, racing stats, a stuffed animal, and the distinction of being a sponsor of Quite Rightly, who is retired at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) in Sykesville, Md.
Dam: Debonairness, by State Dinner
Foal date: March 17, 1998
Earnings: $149,770 in 45 starts“The sponsorship was a gift to my daughter from my sister, her aunt. My daughter just loves horses, and everything about them. And although she doesn’t ride, and we don’t own a horse, my sister, who’s an artist and very creative, did some homework and found a way to give my daughter a gift of a sponsorship,” Linsner says.
Sara chose Quite Rightly as the recipient of the sponsorship donation after paging through a list of candidates on the TRF’s Sponsorship page, and settling upon the 17-year-old OTTB who suffers from serious allergies and requires daily medications and a special diet.
The family was so eager to meet “their horse” that they immediately left after Sara’s elementary school graduation on June 17, and drove at night to make it to Maryland in time for a 10 a.m. Open House at the TRF’s Maryland facility.
Says Linsner, “She was so excited. All of her friends now know who Quite Rightly is, and they all knew she was going to see him. She’s happy just to have met him.”
Those interested in sponsoring a Thoroughbred ex-racehorse are invited to read about the horses on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Sponsorship Page: http://www.trfinc.org/you-can-help/sponsorship/