Announcement: 2017 Charitable Wager Breeders’ Cup Contest

Charitable Wager: 2017 Charitable Wager Breeders’ Cup Contest

On Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th, CharitableWager.com will conduct the next edition of a “Winner Gives All” handicapping contest coinciding with the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championships to be run at at https://www.dmtc.com/.

While the order is pending, the complete contest race list for the 2017 Charitable Wager Breeders’ Cup Contest will be the 13 Breeders’ Cup Championship races including:

  • $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I)
  • $4,000,000 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade I)
  • $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grade I)
  • $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I)
  • $2,000,000 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I)
  • $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade I)
  • $2,000,000 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I)
  • $1,500,000 Twin Spires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I)
  • $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade I)
  • $1,000,000 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade I)
  • $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf(Grade I)
  • $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade I)
  • $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade I)

Contestants in the 2017 Charitable Wager Breeders’ Cup Contest will choose from the following stable of charities for which to play:

  • BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities
  • BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association
  • CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning
  • CTA: Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare/li>
  • EG: Equine Guelph
  • GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research
  • KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum
  • KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
  • LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society
  • NMR: National Museum of Racing
  • NTRA: NTRA Charities
  • OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms
  • PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund
  • R4Ed: The Race For Education
  • RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America
  • RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada
  • SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation
  • SPF: Square Peg Foundation
  • TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
  • TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America
  • WF: Winners Foundation

CONTEST RULES:

The contest will operate on under the framework of the Charitable Wager Rules as a $2 Win-Place-Show ‘lockdown’ formatted mythical bankroll handicapping contest with the following amended rules:

  1. Submission deadline for this contest is the “off time” (as reported by Equibase) for first race.
  2. ‘Fashionably Late’ entries will be accepted in this contest.

In 2015 on a whim, ChartiableWager’s host, Stuart Slagle, created a handicapping contest including several thoroughbred stakes races across the country. Slagle enlisted the help of Horse Racing Radio Network‘s Jude Feld. In the spirit of the horse racing twitter world uniting for good, all participants voluntarily put up a minimum of $25 (USD) to compete in a mythical bankroll handicapping contest where the winner decides what charity receives all of the donation pool.

Based upon the initial success, HRRN sponsored a similar contest on the US Memorial Day Holiday. The contest ran under the mantle of linemakers.net which has since been re-branded as charitablewager.com. Subsequently, Danonymous Racing sponsored another “Winner Gives All” contest on the thirteen Breeders’ Cup stakes events held at Santa Anita and on the Pegasus World Cup stakes events held at Gulfstream Park. HRRN reprised their role as contest sponsor with the nine stakes of 2016 Claiming Crown held at Gulfstream Park. Paulick Report sponsored second edition of the Boxing Day Betting Challenge. Subsequent contests have been held on big event days such as the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, and Woodbine Mile.

In Chartiable Wager’s ‘Winner Gives All’ contests, no monies trade hands between the contest organizers or any contestants. Donations are made on the honor system. 100% of donation pool goes to the winners’ charities. Each contest winner chooses from a list of contest designated charities. The Winner Gives All.

Recipients of previous donation pools include: Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund, Fisher House Foundation, LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society, and multiple winner Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms.

Follow http://charitablewager.com for more contest details as they become available.

Woodbine Cares Handicapping Contest Is Now Open For Entries

Charitable Wager: 2017 Woodbine Cares Contest

On Saturday, September 16th, CharitableWager.com will host the 2017 Woodbine Cares handicapping contests in which players pledge to donate 25 CAD to charity. Contestants in the 2017 Woodbine Cares Contest will choose from the Woodbine Cares approved charities for which to play.

Woodbine Entertainment Group has agreed to seed the Donation Pool with $100 donation to charity selected by the contest winner. Additionally, as the Charitable Wager Site Host and Woodbine’s racing secretary, I will not compete in this contest but pledge to donate $25 to the charity selected by the winner.

The roster of potential charity beneficiaries is as follows in alphabetical order with their current pledged competitors:

  • Albion Neighbourhood Services
  • Arts Etobicoke
  • Community Association for Riders with Disabilities (CARD)
  • Conservation Halton Foundation
  • Halton Women’s Place – @MollyJoRosen
  • Halton Learning Foundation
  • Horizons for Youth
  • LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society @gofilly
  • Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society
  • Thoroughbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada
  • Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada
  • Rethink Breast Cancer – @avillanueva3rd
  • Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation
  • Trust15

The Current Pledged Donation Pool Is $200 And Growing

In Chartiable Wager’s ‘Winner Gives All’ contests, no monies trade hands between the contest organizers or any contestants. Donations are made on the honor system. 100% of donation pool goes to the winners’ charities. Each contest winner chooses from a list of contest designated charities. The Winner Gives All.

In addition to selecting the recipient of the complete Donation Pool, the winner of the Woodbine Cares handicapping contest will also receive one of TEPIN’s halters (pictured below).

TEPIN halter

TEPIN’s last career win was the 2016 Ricoh Woodbine Mile. This year’s edition of the Woodbine Mile headlines Woodbine’s multiple graded stakes weekend of September 16th and 17th. The races have been drawn, the contest menu will be the entirety of Woodbine Mile racing program including four graded stakes races:

  • Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In™ – Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade I)
  • Northern Dancer Turf (Grade I)
  • Canadian Stakes (Grade II)
  • Bold Venture Stakes (Grade III)

Click Here For The Woodbine Cares Handicapping Contest Entry Form
CONTEST RULES:

The contest will operate on under the framework of the Charitable Wager Rules as a $2 Win-Place-Show ‘lockdown’ formatted mythical bankroll handicapping contest with the following amended rules:

  1. Submission deadline for this contest is the “off time” (as reported by Equibase) for first race.
  2. ‘Fashionably Late’ entries will be accepted in this contest.

Follow http://charitablewager.com for more contest details as they become available.

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 CharitableWager.com 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 CharitableWager.com. In addition to the season totals, the charity represented by the weekly contest winner also received a $5 donation from CharitableWager.com.

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.

The Final Seasonal FFF POINTS STANDINGS

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.