People around the world are finding ways to help Californians. Many in the Thoroughbred community are working to specifically help track employees affected by the fires. Donations are streaming into various funds but there are a few unique efforts underway.
Taylor Made Stallions and the California Chrome syndicate have donated a no-guarantee season to California Chrome to aid in helping backstretch workers most affected by the fires in California.
“California Chrome was always called ‘The People’s Horse’, so we only thought it fitting that the funds raised from this season donation would help the people affected by this tragedy,” said Duncan Taylor, Taylor Made Farm President & DEO.
Taylor said that Taylor Made and the syndicate will make the money available immediately, even before the funds have been collected, in order that the funds get to those workers as soon as possible.
Bids being accepted through Thursday 12PM. The current high bid just over $25,000.
Climax Stallions is also donating a no-guarantee season to California stallion, Curlin to Mischief.
“As native Californians, and owners of a filly who was lost but has since been found in the fire, we want to help those who weren’t as fortunate in anyways we can, said managing director of Climax Stallions, Sean Field. “This hit too close to home for us.”
Coolmore Stud and owner Mike Repole are also donating a no-guarantee season to sire Uncle Mo who is slated to stand the upcoming season for a fee of $125,000.
Coolmore America general manager, Dermot Ryan said, “Everyone at Coolmore has been moved by what we have seen happen in Southern California and we hope by donating this season we will be able to provide some comfort to those who need it most.”
Stonestreet Farms announced Dec 8 via Twitter that they will be donating $10,000 to the Horses First Fund administered by the TB Charities of America and founded by LNJ Foxwoods. Additionally, 10% of all winnings purses earned in the next 10 days. Thanks to their Curlin filly, Valadorna who was the first to add to that goal Friday, taking an allowance optional-claiming race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Many other TB owners are matching Stonestreet’s $10,000 donation including Rick and Marcia Gold who lost their promising unraced 2-year-old filly, Oddsmaker, in the fire.
TB owner, James McIngvale may have put it best, “We want to donate…to the brave men and women who saved so many horses and simultaneously lost everything they had.”