RTCA Announces First White Horse Nominees, New Locations

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) announced its first nominees for the 2004 White Horse Award, which strives to honor unsung heroes at North American racetracks. William Lockridge and Mike Stout are nominated for their efforts to stop a horse from trampling jockey Patty Cooksey after a spill in April 2003 at Keeneland. The photo that captured their efforts on film, taken by Frank Anderson of the Lexington Herald-Leader, won an Eclipse Award last year.

This will be the second year the RTCA gives the White Horse Award. It will be presented Oct. 28 at Lone Star Park. Nominees will be accepted through Oct. 1.

At a luncheon Wednesday in Lexington, RTCA president Don Dean announced three new locations that will be served by chaplains, Woodbine and Fort Erie racetracks, and the Maryland racetracks, with a base at Laurel Park. That will bring to 48 the total number of operating satellites. Some chaplains serve more than one racetrack. In addition, the Canadian chapters will serve both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred communities at those tracks.

"We have opened a big door in our ministry," said executive director Dr. Enrique Torres.

In support of the White Horse Award, the RTCA is encouraging all of its chapters to hold luncheons or events on Oct. 28 to celebrate the award nationwide.