Derby Museum Added To Potential April Fool’s Beneficiary List

On April 1, 2017, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY will enter into a membership share campaign with the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY and The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY.

To commemorate this historic partnership occurring on the same day as Charitable Wager April Fool’s Betting Challenge, the Kentucky Derby Musuem will be added to the roster of potential beneficiaries of the thoroughbred racing charity handicapping contest which already includes Old Friends and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. They rely on the generous support from those in the community who believe in our mission to engage, educate and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby. More can be read about them on the Kentucky Derby Museum website.

In addition to representing the Derby Museum in the April Fool’s Betting Challenge, there are several other avenues in which to give charitably to them including becoming a corporate sponsor, establishing a charitable remainder trust, or simply a one-time cash donation. Please read more about these generous options at http://www.derbymuseum.org/get-involved/donate.html

Old Friends Announces Membership Share Campaign with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Derby Museum

(Joint Press Release from Old Friends, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Derby Museum)

GEORGETOWN, KY – MARCH 27, 2017 -On April 1, 2017, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY will enter into a membership share campaign with the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY and The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY.

With this unique trade, paid members of both museums will earn free tour admission to Old Friends using their membership cards, and Old Friends members will earn free general admission to both museums.

For this campaign visitors to each venue must have their membership card available. The promotion is for general museum admission only or one of the daily tours offered at Old Friends (reservations are required). The promotion is valid until December 31, 2017.

Old Friends is a non-profit organization that cares for more than 170 retired Thoroughbreds. Visitors to the farm take a 90-minute, up-close-and-personal walking tour to meet such luminaries of the turf as Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, and Belmont Stakes winners Sarava and Touch Gold, among others.

Tours are offered three times daily and can be booked online at www.oldfriendsequine.org. Membership applications are also available via the Old Friends website, or by calling (502) 863-1775. Members receive a free gift, free Old Friends tour admission, and discounted tickets to the annual “Homecoming” event in May.

“This is an incredible opportunity for not just racing fans but all visitors to the Bluegrass,” said Old Friends President and founder, Michael Blowen. “We have always considered Old Friends to be a ‘living history’ museum, showcasing our champions and racehorse aftercare, so working with the Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Derby Museum was just such a natural partnership.”

The Kentucky Derby Museum is located at 704 Central Avenue in Louisville, KY., right next to Churchill Downs Racetrack. The museum is one of the premiere attractions in the region, celebrating the tradition and history of the Kentucky Derby. In addition to its two floors of family-friendly, interactive exhibits, the museum also offers 30-minute historic walking tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack, “The Great Race”, an 18-minute movie that puts you right into the heart of Derby day, as well as a gift shop, and Derby Café.

The Kentucky Derby Museum offers several options for membership, each of which aid the 501 (c) (3) non-profit to promote the museum’s mission. Member perks include complimentary guest passes, Churchill Downs seating options, discounts in the Derby Café and Gift Shop, invitations to exhibit openings as well as Membership Mornings — informative and entertaining presentations and events–and much more.

For more information on membership, contact Carla Grego, (502) 992-5905,
cgrego@derbymuseum.org, or visit the website at DerbyMuseum.org

“We are excited to be a part of this great partnership,” said Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO. “Members will receive three unique experiences, all celebrating the history and impact of the Thoroughbred racing industry. We look forward to welcoming the members of Old Friends and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to take in all we offer at the Kentucky Derby Museum.”

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located at 191 Union Ave., in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., right across from the historic Saratoga Race Course. The museum fosters education and understanding of Thoroughbred racing by providing public access to equine art, artifacts, memorabilia, film, video, books, and historical archives. In addition, the museum is the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame honoring horses, trainers, jockeys, and Pillars of the Turf.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame also offers numerous membership options, from Individuals to Benefactor. Members actively play a part in preserving the history and legends of racing while receiving access to special members-only events, quarterly newsletters, and tour and gift-shop discounts.

For more information on membership, call (518) 584-0400, ext. 109, email nmrmembers@racingmuseum.net, or visit the website at https://www.racingmuseum.org.

“The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is pleased to work with Old Friends and the Kentucky Derby Museum on this reciprocal membership program,” said Brien Bouyea, Director of Communications for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “It will be wonderful for museum members to have the opportunity to visit all venues as part of their membership perks. This is a win-win for everyone when great organizations work together like this.”

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Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 170 retired racehorses. It’s Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has two satellite facilities: Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division in Greenfield Center, N.Y., and at Old Friends at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

Official Results of the Friday Free Fun(d)raiser – March 24th

In the Free Friday The 24th Fun(d)raiser series, 4 contestants and 19 quick-pick robots are representing their various horse racing charities. After INFINITE MISCHIEF won the sixth at Hawthorne, Robert cemented his victory in this edition of the weekly charity handicapping contest with his fourth win of the event.

The final leader board by contestants’ first name:

Rank Contestant Score
1 Robert 66.2
2 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund – Quick Pick 64.2
3 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning – Quick Pick 55.2
4 NTRA: NTRA Charities – Quick Pick 32.0
5 Josh 26.8
6 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Quick Pick 25.8
7 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research – Quick Pick 22.6
8 SPF: Square Peg Foundation – Quick Pick 21.8
9 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation – Quick Pick 21.2
10 BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities – Quick Pick 20.6
11 NMR: National Museum of Racing – Quick Pick 16.6
12 WF: Winners Foundation – Quick Pick 15.4
13 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America – Quick Pick 15.2
14 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Quick Pick 14.2
15 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 10.0
16 OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms – Quick Pick 8.8
17 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America – Quick Pick 8.0
T18 EG: Equine Guelph – Quick Pick 6.6
T18 R4Ed: The Race For Education – Quick Pick 6.6
20 Stuart 5.2
21 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association – Quick Pick 3.6
22 Jude 3.4
23 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada – Quick Pick 0.0

The final leader board by contestants’ designated charity:

Rank Charity Score
1 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society 66.2
2 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund – Quick Pick 64.2
3 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning – Quick Pick 55.2
4 NTRA: NTRA Charities – Quick Pick 32.0
5 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund 26.8
6 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Quick Pick 25.8
7 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research – Quick Pick 22.6
8 SPF: Square Peg Foundation – Quick Pick 21.8
9 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation – Quick Pick 21.2
10 BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities – Quick Pick 20.6
11 NMR: National Museum of Racing – Quick Pick 16.6
12 WF: Winners Foundation – Quick Pick 15.4
13 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America – Quick Pick 15.2
14 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Quick Pick 14.2
15 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 10.0
16 OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms – Quick Pick 8.8
17 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America – Quick Pick 8.0
T18 EG: Equine Guelph – Quick Pick 6.6
T18 R4Ed: The Race For Education – Quick Pick 6.6
20 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 5.2
21 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association – Quick Pick 3.6
22 R4Ed: The Race For Education 3.4
23 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada – Quick Pick 0.0

This week Robert Geller, aka @woodbinegeller, was representing LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

Through fundraising and volunteer work, as well as assistance from the Ontario thoroughbred industry, LongRun evaluates retired racehorses, provides all needed care they require on our new farm, and works to place them in permanent, loving homes. Funds raised by LongRun are used to cover expenses, such as: feed, shipping and blacksmith services, basic re-training, medical expenses, as well as for miscellaneous expenses such as blankets and halters.

Each week, the CharitableWager.com Host will donate US$5 (plus advertising fees) to the charity selected by the winning entrant. Contestants aren’t obligated to donate but are encouraged to give US$5 or however much they feel comfortable contributing. Those who would like to contribute to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society can do so through this linked web page.

Additionally, charities represented in the weekly Free Friday Fun(d)raiser contest will earn points in the annual standings. The charities will earn 60, 20, and 10 points when their proxies finish first, second and third respectively. Additionally, charities will amass an additional 1 point for each player who represented them but did not finish in the top 3. At the end of the year, the top 5 charities in the annual points standings will receive 60%, 20%, 10%, 5%, and 5% of the annual donation pool. The annual donation pool is the combination of a $100 donation from the host and advertising fees on the FFF web pages.

ANNUAL FFF POINTS STANDINGS THROUGH 3/24/2017

Rank Charity Points
1 R4ED: The Race Four Education 314
2 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 221
3 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research 136
4 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund 125
5 NMR: National Museum of Racing 122
6 OF: Old Friends TB Retirement Farms 109
7 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation 22
8-T BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 21
8-T WF: Winners Foundation 21
10 BCC: Breeders’ Cup Charities 11
11 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning 10
12-T EG: Equine Guelph 3
12-T RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 3
12-T TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 3
15-T NTRA: NTRA Charities 2
15-T TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America 2
17-T RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America 1
17-T SPF: Square Peg Foundation 1
17-T SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation 1

CURRENT ‘ANNUAL DONATION POOL’ TOTALS $100

Additional updates regarding the contest will be available at: Charitablewager.com, and #CWager on Twitter.com.