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In Brief: Efforts underway to help OTTBs

In Brief: Efforts underway to help OTTBs

Hay, 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 […]

Immortal Wink is greeted by Kathy Von Gerhard and her husband Ralph.

After 142 starts, Immortal Wink flies on home

Immortal Wink, a true racing warrior who ran his 142nd race in Puerto Rico on June 22, was flown back to the Sunshine State, the place of his birth, on July 2. It took a yeoman’s effort by a professional psychologist, a breeder, fans, and horse-rescue personnel who sought pluck him from a land “without many resources” and set him down softly on a grassy field protected by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. After all that running on legs that withstood so much strain, Wink’s co-breeder Kathy Von Gerhard was instantly “on board” for the seemingly impossible task of retiring and […]

Suffolk Downs racing analyst Jessica Paquette has found a new gear as she remakes New England racing champion What A Trippi into a hunter/jumper.

Suffolk Downs and alumni find new gear

As Suffolk Downs awakens from a hiatus, offering select racing days with higher purses, longtime racing analyst and OTTB owner Jessica Paquette has found a new gear as she works at the track by day, and shows her New England racing champion What a Trippi in the hunter/jumpers during her off hours. In the two years since Suffolk Downs closed its doors after losing a casino-license bid, the ever-resilient racing analyst and announcer shook off her disappointment, got to work as Starlight Racing’s communication director, and doubled down on her efforts to make a hunter/jumper out of her quirky, grumpy […]