Charles Town to Make Donation to CANTER

Charles Town to Make Donation to CANTER
Photo: Courtesy of Charlestown
Rapid Redux racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is continuing its partnership with CANTER-Mid Atlantic and will again present a $10,000 donation to the organization during the Charles Town Classic card April 14.

According to CANTER-Mid Atlantic, the donation and commitment by HCCTR will enable CANTER-Mid Atlantic to grow from a free race horse sales listing service and race horse rehab provider to an emergency care provider for at-risk race horses it would otherwise have been forced to turn away. 

“We have worked very closely with the management of Hollywood Casino and the Charles Town Racetrack over the years, and we are very excited that they continue to choose CANTER-Mid Atlantic as a recipient of these funds to help ex-race horses in need of new homes,” said CANTER-Mid Atlantic executive director Allie Conrad. “In 2011 we were able to help 25 additional horses transition into second careers because of their support. We will now have the resources to continue our mission and help more horses.”
 
According to CANTER-Mid Atlantic, volunteers have been granted backside access for over 10 years by HCCTR management, building relationships with track management and horse racing professionals and the transitioning of more than 3,400 race horses into successful second careers via the free listing service.
 
“Our experience with CANTER and the services they provide has been extremely positive and rewarding,” said Al Britton, general manager of HCCTR. “We’re proud to continue supporting the very worthwhile efforts of a CANTER Mid-Atlantic team as they work hard to take in retired horses in need of new homes. We’re confident that CANTER will put these funds to good use in transitioning former race horses into their second careers.”
 
CANTER-Mid Atlantic said it has taken in nearly 300 retiring race horses over the past several years and successfully rehabilitated, retrained, and placed them into new homes. The organization is currently managing the care of 24 ex-racehorses that have begun the rehabilitation and retraining process in order to prepare them for a second career.
 
CANTER-Mid Atlantic volunteers regularly visit Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, and at Pimlico Race, Bowie Training Center, and Laurel Park, all in Maryland, to meet with trainers and owners of horses that are ready to retire from racing but are capable of beginning a second career.

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