Final Standings of Friday Fun(d)raiser Series

The Race For Education was the big winner in the Friday Fun(d)raiser series conducted by from January 6th to June 9th. In addition to The Race For Education, four other horse racing themed charities received donations as a result of the weekly handicapping contests: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund. In fact all of the charities were winners by receiving

During the charity awareness series, charities represented in the weekly Free Friday Fun(d)raiser contest earned points in the seasonal standings. The charities earned 60, 20, and 10 points when their proxies finish first, second and third respectively. Plus, charities amassed an additional 1 point for each player who represented them but did not finish in the top 3. At the end of the season, the top 5 charities in the seasonal points standings received 60%, 20%, 10%, 5%, and 5% of the seasonal donation pool of $100 contributed by the host of In addition to the season totals, the charity represented by the weekly contest winner also received a $5 donation from

I would like to thank all of the contestants that played in the weekly series in an effort to help generate awareness and funds for their favorites causes. I would also like to thank those who voluntarily joined me in making donations to the various charities throughout the contest season.


Rank Charity Points
1 R4ED: The Race For Education 468
2 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 265
3 OF: Old Friends TB Retirement Farms 241
4 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research 210
5 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund 203
6 EG: Equine Guelph 162
7 NMR: National Museum of Racing 129
8 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 124
9 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 105
10 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America 97
11 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum 70
12 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation 67
13 BCC: Breeders’ Cup Charities 40
14 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 34
15 NTRA: NTRA Charities 31
16 WF: Winners Foundation 30
17 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning 19
18-T SPF: Square Peg Foundation 12
18-T TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America 12
19 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation 11

The Race For Education earned the most series points on the basis of multiple weekly wins by contestants representing the Kentucky-based charity. The Race For Education’s mission in their own words follows.

Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race For Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges.

The ultimate goal of The Race For Education is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community.

If you would like to make a donation to the The Race for Education, then you could do so via the following web page.

Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society placed second in the series contest. A description of Long Run’s mandate in their own words follows.

The purpose of our organization pertains to the welfare of our thoroughbred racehorses when they are no longer able to compete. Our mission is to find them loving, adoptive homes and, perhaps, alternative careers, ensuring them the dignified and happy retirement they so richly deserve. In addition, we aim to educate our owners, trainers, breeders and the general public about the merits of this humane alternative.

If you would like to make a donation to the Long Run, then you could do so via the following web page.

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms garnered the third most contest points. A description of Old Friends in their own words follows.

In a little more than a decade Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, has put a new face on the concept of equine aftercare. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the organization has grown from a leased paddock and one horse to a 136-acre farm, a herd of over 175 rescued and retired horses, and two satellite facilities: Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center, NY (Click here to learn more about Cabin Creek) and Old Friends at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY (click here to learn more about Kentucky Downs).

Blowen had long believed that horses past their prime could still be valuable – money-earning, even—if the venue was right. And so Old Friends tested the concept by opening its doors to the public, inviting fans to revisit their turf heroes. Now a “living-history museum of horse racing”, the farm attracts nearly 20,000 visitors annually who come to swoon over such American Grade 1 winners as Breeders’ Cup Champions Amazombie, Little Mike and Alphabet Soup, Belmont Stakes winners Sarava and Touch Gold, and three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude. The farm is also home to Kentucky Derby and Preakness champions Silver Charm and War Emblem, each repatriated from stud duties overseas.

If you would like to make a donation to the Old Friends, then you could do so via the following web page.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation amassed the fourth most series points. A description of the Grayson Jockey Club in their own words follows.

The Grayson Foundation became a reality in 1940, and its initial incorporators included Woodward, while John Hay (Jock) Whitney was the Foundation’s initial president. The first grant was made before the year was over, a $1,000 donation to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School to continue its work on periodic ophthalmia. In 1940, the horse and mule were still deeply involved in military defense, and the scope of the Foundation’s efforts went far beyond the Thoroughbred, to all breeds, although the impetus came from leaders in Thoroughbred racing.

From the beginning, the aim was to support research at existing institutions through funding rather than carry out
the research itself. A statement by Woodward read in part that the formation of the Foundation is “the result of the conviction of a large number of persons devoted to the raising and breeding of horses that there is a positive need for further research in veterinary medicine and in the breeding, raising, and handling of horses.” Over nearly a half-century, the Grayson Foundation operated as a separate entity, fulfilling the purposes of its founders despite constant limitations on available funding.

For much of its history, the Foundation sought to disperse $100,000 annually in grants to specific research projects. Its success in this goal resulted in support for a number of projects which represented steps forward, among them being development of vaccines against Equine Viral Arteritis and herpesvirus infections, determining causes of viral abortions leading to development of the most effective vaccine yet developed, and influencing estrous cycles in mares to increase fertility. The Jockey Club created a research foundation in 1984, and five years later this was merged with Grayson, to be known since then as the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. (GJCRF,
the Foundation). Grayson had a half-century background in research matters, and The Jockey Club had more wherewithal financially, so in recent years the combined foundation has been able to disperse nearly $1 million annually in grants.

If you would like to make a donation to the Grayson Jockey Club, then you could do so via the following web page.

Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund earned the fifth most points in the series. A description of the PDJF in their own words follows.

The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) was incorporated in the spring of 2006. It was a collaborative effort of many leaders in the horse racing industry, including race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, and many others who had a vision of a program that would bring much-needed financial assistance to a group of athletes who have given so much to the sport of horse racing.

The PDJF is governed by an independent board comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry.

The mission of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund is to promote awareness of the needs of permanently disabled jockeys through public advocacy; to provide financial support to permanently disabled jockeys to help defray everyday expenses associated with living with a catastrophic injury; to provide financial support and assistance in obtaining medical coverage for permanently disabled jockeys; and to promote medical research dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries within the horse racing industry.

If you would like to make a donation to the PDJF, then you could do so via the following web page.

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