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.

Quick Selections for Charity Awareness Friday Fun(d)raiser

The ‘quick-pick’ robot selection made by a random number generator for each charity are here to stay. The thought is that this will help spot-light each charity within the contest so that no charity is left out. Contestants will be playing against the 20 robots and all of the other contestants.

The contest menu for the Black Eyed Susan Friday Fun(d)raiser contest is as follows:

  1. Pimlico Special – Pimlico Race 7
  2. Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes –
    Pimlico Race 9
  3. Jim McKay Turf Sprint – Pimlico Race 10
  4. Black Eyed Susan Stakes Pimlico Race 11
  5. Skipat Stakes – Pimlico Race 13

Selections for the Free Friday Fun(d)raiser can be made via this Contest Entry Form. Contestants can follow contest updates via the hashtag #CWager on Twitter.

The following are the quick pick robot selections for each charity posted at 6:45 PM EDT, Tuesday May 16th. If the random generated selections scratch, then the robots will receive the post time favorites.

Charity Quick Pick Robot PIM-R7 PIM-R7 PIM-R9 PIM-R11 PIM-R13
BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities
BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association
CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning
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

Official Results of the Friday Free Fun(d)raiser – May 12th

In this week’s edition of the Fun(d)raiser series, 6 contestants and 20 quick-pick robots represented their various horse racing charities. I apologize for the delay in making the results of Friday’s contest official — the day job got in the way — it is safe to say that making the Friday results maybe wait until Sunday or Monday during Woodbine’s racing season. The quick pick robot designated for the Old Friends Farm closed out the contest with lead.

Contest Race Results:

  1. Pimlico Race 7
  2. Belmont Park Race 7
  3. Woodbine Race 10
  4. Santa Anita Race 5
  5. Arlington Park Race 8

The final leader board by contestants’ first name:

Rank Contestant Score
1 OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms – Quick Pick 45.9
2 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund – Quick Pick 43.1
3 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 40.1
4 EG: Equine Guelph – Quick Pick 38.0
5 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada – Quick Pick 25.3
T6 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum – Quick Pick 24.2
T6 R4Ed: The Race For Education – Quick Pick 24.2
8 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America – Quick Pick 24.1
9 Stuart 23.3
10 WF: Winners Foundation – Quick Pick 22.6
11 NTRA: NTRA Charities – Quick Pick 21.6
12 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America – Quick Pick 19.6
13 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association – Quick Pick 18.4
14 Jude 17.9
T15 Sheri 16.1
T15 Robert 16.1
17 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation – Quick Pick 14.4
18 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning – Quick Pick 12.6
19 SPF: Square Peg Foundation – Quick Pick 11.0
T20 Miguel 7.3
T20 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Quick Pick 7.3
T20 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Quick Pick 7.3
23 Andy 4.2
24 BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities – Quick Pick 3.7
T25 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research – Quick Pick 0.0
T25 NMR: National Museum of Racing – Quick Pick 0.0

The final leader board by contestants’ designated charity:

Rank Charity Score
1 OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms – Quick Pick 45.9
2 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund – Quick Pick 43.1
3 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 40.1
4 EG: Equine Guelph – Quick Pick 38.0
5 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada – Quick Pick 25.3
T6 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum – Quick Pick 24.2
T6 R4Ed: The Race For Education – Quick Pick 24.2
8 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America – Quick Pick 24.1
9 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America 23.3
10 WF: Winners Foundation – Quick Pick 22.6
11 NTRA: NTRA Charities – Quick Pick 21.6
12 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America – Quick Pick 19.6
13 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association – Quick Pick 18.4
14 R4ED: The Race Four Education 17.9
T15 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 16.1
T15 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 16.1
17 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation – Quick Pick 14.4
18 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning – Quick Pick 12.6
19 SPF: Square Peg Foundation – Quick Pick 11.0
T20 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 7.3
T20 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Quick Pick 7.3
T20 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Quick Pick 7.3
23 OF: Old Friends TB Retirement Farms 4.2
24 BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities – Quick Pick 3.7
T25 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research – Quick Pick 0.0
T25 NMR: National Museum of Racing – Quick Pick 0.0

This quick pick robot representing Old Friends amassed the most contest points.

Each week, the CharitableWager.com Host will donate US$5 (plus advertising fees) to the charity selected by the winning entrant. Contestants aren’t obligated to donate but are encouraged to give US$5 or however much they feel comfortable contributing. Those who would like to contribute to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Fund can do so through this linked web page.

The mission at Old Friends is to provide a dignified retirement for our Thoroughbreds, champions and “unknowns” alike. Your tax deductible gift will help ensure that we not only continue to provide for the care of these marvelous athletes, but also will help us to continue to expand our facility for more horses

Additionally, charities represented in the weekly Free Friday Fun(d)raiser contest will earn points in the annual standings. The charities will earn 60, 20, and 10 points when their proxies finish first, second and third respectively. Additionally, charities will amass an additional 1 point for each player who represented them but did not finish in the top 3. At the end of the year, the top 5 charities in the annual points standings will receive 60%, 20%, 10%, 5%, and 5% of the annual donation pool. The annual donation pool is the combination of a $100 donation from the host and advertising fees on the FFF web pages.
ANNUAL FFF POINTS STANDINGS THROUGH 5/12/2017

Rank Charity Points
1 R4ED: The Race Four Education 326
2 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 253
3 OF: Old Friends TB Retirement Farms 239
4 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research 205
5 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund 201
6 NMR: National Museum of Racing 127
7 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America 95
8 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 92
9 EG: Equine Guelph 81
10 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum 68
11 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation 56
12 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 40
13 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 30
14 NTRA: NTRA Charities 29
15 WF: Winners Foundation 28
16 BCC: Breeders’ Cup Charities 19
17 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning 17
18 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America 10
19-T SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation 9
19-T SPF: Square Peg Foundation 9

CURRENT ‘ANNUAL DONATION POOL’ TOTALS $100

Additional updates regarding the contest will be available at: Charitablewager.com, and #CWager on Twitter.com.