The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation April 26 announced that Thoroughbred owner Paul Saylor has chosen to designate the funds donated to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in memory of his daughter, Olivia, to the care and maintenance of the TRF's retired horses with special needs.
The Olivia Marie Saylor Memorial Fund was established in memory of Saylor’s daughter, who died January 1, 2011 in Charleston, S.C. Olivia was very involved with her father and siblings in the Thoroughbred racing business. She is credited with naming Ashado, two time champion filly raced by the Saylor family in partnership with Starlight Stables. This partnership also campaigned grade I winners Purge and Monba. Olivia with her siblings and father also owned and raced champion Fleet Indian.
“Olivia would have wanted to care for the horses most in need,” said Saylor in a release. “Protecting racehorses and protecting the TRF as an on-going entity to help racehorses should be a priority for everyone interested in Thoroughbred racing.”
The donations will fund expenses for specific horses requiring special or geriatric care. Among the first "Olivia’s Herd" will be horses that TRF moved from two satellite farms in Oklahoma this winter.
TRF's board of directors Herd Intake and Management Committee, which was recently reconstituted and includes board members John Moore and Dr. Patty Hogan, is in the process of conducting an comprehensive evaluation of its entire herd of 1,100 retired Thoroughbred racehorses.
This evaluation is being performed by multiple teams of veterinarians visiting the 29 TRF farms spread throughout the United States, critically evaluating the horses and the facilities, with an emphasis on targeting the increasing special needs required of an aging equine population.
This endeavor was initiated in early 2010 by the TRF, with pro-bono assistance by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and later accelerated with financial assistance by the estate of Paul Mellon. The committee has also conducted a comprehensive review of all of intake, adoption, euthanasia, and care policies particularly with respect to its satellite farm system.