The Second Race has established a fund that anyone can donate to called "The Quarter Pole Fund". In racing quarter poles are used for measurement around the race track. The 1 1/16th pole is the last pole before the finish line. This fund is specifically to help established rescue organizations or qualified individuals that need emergency funds to purchase a horse at auction to save it's life, or to assist when all that is need is transport of an ex-race horse off of an auction or slaughter lot to ensure their safety. (We are not however a "funding non profit", nor is this fund designed as such). A portion of our message t-shirts will generate the income for this fund.
The Second Race has chosen to build a "niche" for themselves in working directly with horses at the race tracks, or with owners of horses at lay up farms, commercial breeders, or for those that have an OTTB that they can no longer keep (any bred designed for racing is included; not just Thoroughbreds). What we do not do is go to auctions, rescue horses in the strictest of definitions, or look outside of the racing world to network for horses. This is a decision that can be difficult when faced with the current economy and the ever increasing amount of horses found abandoned, abused and or neglected due to many factors. The need is great, and to be effective at times difficult business decisions are made to not try and be all things, to all people.
However, The Second Race does support ALL ex-race horses and understands that there is a "disposable" attitude that permeates the racing industry. The truth is thousands of horses a year will find themselves in harms way. Many people fight each day to retrieve these horses from sure death as food for a European dinner plate, or from the ugly match racing or slaughter in Mexico.
To that end as The Second Race has funds available, that are set aside just for this need, we will donate monies to pay the bail for a horse in need.
PLEASE NOTE AS OF MAY 25, 2012 WE HAVE DECIDED TO NO LONGER PARTICIPATE IN PURCHASING HORSES FROM THE AUCTION LOTS, OR BOUND FOR SLAUGHTER OR THOSE THAT WE ARE ASKED TO HELP WITH THE THREAT OF THEIR GOING TO AUCTION OR SLAUGHTER. THIS WAS A DIFFICULT DECISION TO MAKE, HOWEVER WE FEEL WE WILL BEST SERVE THE HORSES IF WE WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE RACETRACKS AS WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE. GOD BLESS ALL THE HORSES THAT FIND THEMSELVES IN HARMS WAY. WE TRIED TO DO OUR PART.
The Second Race WAS able to assist the following cases:
Bar Road, found on an auction lot in Washington, The Second Race was able to network on its Facebook page to raise the funds to purchase the horse. "Strider" as he was named before we were able to identify him, was adopted right after his bail monies were paid. Thank you to Karan and Helen for bringing this horse to our attention.
Memo Queen, working in conjunction with NJ Angels in New Jersey. Memo Queen was purchased jointly and became the property of The Second Race. Memo Queen had earned $ 200,000 on the track and had been a successful broodmare with two current runners when she ended up on the auction lot on January 20, 2010. She was purchased for $ 300. Memo Queen entered quarantine for 30 days and was adopted to a large farm in Colorado at the end of February.
Memo Queen safe before going to her forever home in Colorado.
Accounts Receivabl is a two year old filly (actually won't be two until May 31) that was found on an auction lot in New Jersey. The Second Race paid her bail amount of $ 225.00 and adopted her out the same day. Accounts Receivabl did not race, but has a tattoo and there were no known works reported. She was discovered to have been bred by Country Life Farms in Maryland and the breeder sent her foal pictures and yearling sale photos.
Accounts Receivabl (AKA Sharla), arriving at her new home and being welcomed by her new owner Paul in NY. Thank you for the honor of having a namesake, the mutual love shown in this picture alone makes it all worthwhile!
UPDATE--- 4/13/10--- Very sad news to report that Wantagh Davey "Dolce" passed away in his pasture from unknown causes. Sue, his adopted owner, loved him so much. And though she had him only a short time, I am confident that he knew he was safe and loved. RIP Wantagh Davey.
"Milagro" Ballado's Tune
Earned $ 12,800 on track was on a feedlot in PA and purchased in collaboration with several individuals for $ 550.00.
Got The Glo (photo by Avalon Mist Equine Rescue)
Got The Glo, a four year old filly was in danger of being sold to a "Charro" Rodeo when Avalon Mist stepped in to help this pretty filly and another horse in potential danger. The Second Race paid the balance needed to secure that she went to a forever home. Got The Glo, earned almost $ 6,000 from 10 starts (1-3-1) and was in Washington State.
Happy Mothers Day
Happy Mothers Day, a five year old gelding a maiden, with earnings of $ 8,640 in 14 starts was on the auction lot in New Jersey. He was saved and purchased by donations garnered from The Second Race Facebook friends and adopted over the Fourth of July weekend. He has been renamed "Indy" for Independence and resides on a farm in Virginia. "Indy" has an injury that will need some time off, but he is a sweet horse and should make a full recovery.
Word of Gold, a 1999 ex-race horse and broodmare (registered foals 2006 and 2007), was found on a PA feedlot on New Years Eve, 2010. Earner of $ 19,000 during her racing career at the lower level tracks. She was purchased using funds from The Quarter Pole fund and donations with another organization, and adopted the same day. Renamed "Emma" by her adopter, The Second Race ended 2010 right, by saving this "diamond in the rough".
B B Frank, a six year old gelding was purchased off the auction lot in NJ, by The Second Race the day before Easter. It seemed fitting to be able to save a horse on such an important week. B B Frank had racing plates on and was racing fit, later it was discovered that he has chips in his knees that will require surgery. He earned $ 188,000 during his racing career. He has a large ankle and will need lay up for a while before he can be adopted out. He was taken in by a private rescue in NY.
UPDATE: The Thoroughbred Times wrote about the owner of B B Frank and his denial of stalls at any New York race track due to his "dumping" two horses
Bridled West, a six year old colt was found in a perilous situation. The Second Race was contacted by another organization to see if we would be able to raise the $ 1,000. needed to purchase him into safety and a new home. We were able to raise the funds within two hours and he was purchased and gelded on the same day. Bridled West earned $ 130,471 during his racing career.
"Liberty" is a 2 year old filly Standardbred that was on the auction lot on May 27, 2011 in New Jersey, she had been in a box stall since she was 7 or 8 months old and was from Philadelphia, PA. The Second Race purchased her for $ 250.00 and was immediately taken in by All The Kings Horses Equine Rescue in CT.
Here is Liberty a week later in quarantine, and kicking up her heels! This is what it's all about!!
The Second Race this morning (July 4, 2011) paid the remaining $ 40 needed to keep T W Lou, a 17 year old, registered Standardbred mare in quarantine before being moved to her foster home in NY. T W Lou aka "Isis", was originally bailed from an auction lot in February 2011, than donated to A Ton of Love Draft Horse rescue. Unfortunately, it appears that this rescue took in too many horses from Camelot, and the owner has since been arrested for not taking care of the horses. So she became available again for rescue. We hope that she gets the food and care she needs and we were happy to help in a small way.
Shadow Queen pictured here from a race at Hollywood Park earlier in the year, was found on an auction lot in Chino, CA on October 10, 2011. Shadow Queen had been dumped there by her trainer from Los Alamitos. Shadow Queen was purchased for $ 300 which was donated by The Second Race from funds given to them by a private party in honor of her sire Lit de Justice. Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue took the lead in discovering her and fundraising for her. They also have found a temporary foster home for her until she heals up for her leg injury and can be permanently adopted. This is another example of groups working together to provide safety for an ex-race horse in peril.
Stability is a gelding that was on an auction lot in New York. He earned $ 165,174 during his racing career. The Second Race purchased him to safety for $ 120.00
"Lincoln" was purchased from a Washington State auction lot. Lincoln cost $ 500 to rescue and was adopted straight from the broker's lot into his new home where he did his quarantine.
Zefa, Phil The Usher and Blasterman were all three found on a kill buyer lot in Southern California. A package price was negotiated by another party and assitance was requested of The Second Race to purchase them to safety. Our network of supporters responded including the Neigh Savers Foundation. The price for all three was $ 1025. Phil The Usher ran a month prior to landing on the lot at Los Alamitos, the other two had not run since 2009. Where they have been since is unclear.
Individuals and Groups that have made donations to the Quarter Pole Fund are:
Delta Breeze Farm Amy R. Shannon R. Pete S. O'Neill Racing Stable Laurel M. Rebecca M.
Judith S. Jo D. Carolyn J. Holly H. Candice C. Nancy S. Cecilia G. Carrie D. Victoria S. Allan W.
Kim B. Laura E. Anne W. Cassandra F. Erica H. Carryl E. Kristie N. Sherry M. Emily W. Vickie G.
Wayne J. Cory W. Barbara S. Andrew K. Tillard Ranch JeAnn R. Ingrid T. Barbara K.
Lynn C. Sybil M. Gayle H. Christa R. Anna P. Neigh Savers Foundation Cards by Marcy Marc D. Norma V. Traci H. Patricia B. Joanna Z. Milan L. Jill F.