Animal News Desk / Cathy Kangas
Updated 5:24 pm, Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It's the racing season and thousands of people are attending the meets at Saratoga, Del Mar and Monmouth Park. The dirty hidden secret behind thoroughbred racing is what happens to these beautiful animals once their racing career is over. Often they are sent to auctions and then the slaughterhouse.
During the racing season I will be donating a percentage of the profits from my company, PRAI Beauty, to ReRun, a national organization dedicated to rehabilitating, retraining and finding adoptive homes for racehorses once they retire from racing.
ReRun takes in horses from off the racetracks throughout the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast region and is the on-site aftercare program for Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey. Based in New Jersey, it maintains chapters in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
I decided to support ReRun after seeing that celebrity chef and racehorse owner Bobby Flay was lending his name to a gala benefit on Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs to raise money for the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund (TRF). Someone needs to have a throwdown with Bobby and let him know that this organization is responsible for the deaths of dozens of racehorses in its care. The New York Times did a major expose on the TRF back in March, charging that the charity had been slow or delinquent in paying for the upkeep of more than 1,000 horses under its care. Many horses were found starved and neglected and some died. Charity Navigator, an organization that rates charities, issued a donor advisory about the TRF and provided a link to the Times article.
Christine Orman, Ph.D. Resource Development Director of ReRun said: "We are grateful to Cathy Kangas and PRAI Beauty for their support of ReRun. With her donation we will be able to care for more retired thoroughbreds. There is a tremendous need to care for these horses once their racing careers are over."
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So if you plan to visit a racetrack this summer, think about what happens to the horse you pick and play after his racing days are over.
For more information about ReRun and how you can help or perhaps adopt a retired racehorse visit www.rerun.org.
New Canaan resident Cathy Kangas is a member of the Humane Society of the United States' National Council. As the owner of PRAI, an international cosmetic corporation, she started Beauty with a Cause, and commits a percentage of her company's profits to help animal welfare organizations around the world.