The Exceller Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds for the purchase of off-the-track Thoroughbreds and other horses in need from feedlots and auctions. Occasionally, the Exceller Fund also purchases horses that are still on the racetrack. Exceller Fund horses are placed at ReRun, EPONA, or other facilities as deemed suitable by the Exceller Fund board, and the Fund pays for their care and possible retraining for a second career. Horses that are unsuitable for adoption are pensioned, and the Exceller Fund pays for their care for the remainder of their lives.
Prominent broodmare Round the Rosie (Cornish Prince--Rosayya, by Rosemont) was euthanized June 5 after a brief illness. The Exceller Fund purchased the 29-year-old mare for $1,200 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton mixed sale at Lone Star Park. In February of 2001, she was moved to ReRun's farm in Salvisa, Ky., where she spent the remainder of her life.Round the Rosie, who was bred by Jack Kessler, produced graded winner Rose Bouquet and French stakes winner Big Sink Hope, plus four stakes-placed runners, including multiple stakes producer Greeny Rosy. Another daughter, Rensaler, produced grade I winner Jovial and four other added-money winners. Lori Neagle, who cared for Round the Rosie at ReRun, said of the mare, "She was wonderful. She was very independent and demanded respect. You could tell she had a lot of class. Rosie wasn't the head of the herd, but she was the queen with us. She knew that she was special and that she was loved."