from the Race Track Chaplaincy of America
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will honor racing’s unsung heroes with it sixth White Horse Award presented by Taylor Made at Santa Anita Park Oct. 23, the day before the start of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The award is given to a racing-related person in any facet of horse racing who is judged to have performed the most heroic act on behalf of human or horse. The winner is elected by major donor members of the White Horse Fellowship and several persons and corporations related to horse racing.
The RTCA, founded in 1971, sanctions and oversees 80 chaplains who work at more than 120 racetracks and training/breeding centers.
The winner receives a $5,000 first prize, a special edition white bronze statue by Lisa Perry, and other gifts and prizes. The three runners-up will get $1,000 ; the final four nominees will receive all-expenses-paid trips to the Breeders’ Cup.
On hand for the White Horse Award luncheon will be two groups that saved horses in barn fires, and another group that stopped at a Pennsylvania van wreck that killed five people. They used a fire extinguisher when gasoline was dripping on a hot tailpipe and pulled out several injured victims before police or firemen arrived.
Tickets to the luncheon at the Arcadia, Calif., track can be purchased online for $100 each and include a clubhouse pass, racing program, seat for the day at the races, and free parking. More information is available at www.racetrackchaplaincy.org or (310) 419-1640.