from the R.A.C.E. Fund
The R.A.C.E. Fund, a racehorse retirement organization, announced that substantial funding by the Penn National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has largely contributed to the continued success of the program.
“The R.A.C.E. Fund is so very proud of the Penn National HBPA for really stepping up to the plate for the horses at Penn National,” R.A.C.E. Fund president and co-founder Marlene Murray said. “The R.A.C.E. Fund was created for the horses, and no recipient could be more deserving than these gallant creatures that are the essential fiber of the racing industry.”
“This is a positive step in the right direction concerning the welfare of racehorses and providing a safety net for them after their racing careers have ended,” Penn National HBPA president Joe Santanna said.
The Penn National HBPA first endorsed the non-profit organization in 2005. The purpose of the R.A.C.E. Fund is to be a funding source to help pay toward the cost of retirement for Thoroughbred racehorses and racetrack pony horses when they can no longer race or work by paying a monthly fee to non-profit horse rescue centers to help offset the rescue costs.
Funds will also be used to pay for the cost of humane euthanasia when necessary, and for emergency situations.
For more information about the R.A.C.E. Fund, visit its Web site.