Announcement: 2017 Woodbine Cares Contest

Charitable Wager: 2017 Woodbine Cares Contest

On Saturday, September 16th, will conduct the next edition of a “Winner Gives All” handicapping contest coinciding with the 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.

While the races have not 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)

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.


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 which has since been re-branded as 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.

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

Follow for more contest details as they become available.

Final Contest Menu of the Free Friday Fun(d)raiser Series

The last contest of the Free Friday Fun(d)raiser series will be offered on Friday, June 9th, 2017. The contest series is designed for novices and experts alike who would like to help raise awareness and funds for various horse racing charities. The contest will also appeal to those with limited resources whether time, money, or both.

In’s Free Friday Fun(d)raiser series, all participants will select horses in 5 mandatory races in a mythical bankroll handicapping contest where the winner gets to decide what charity receives all of the ‘weekly donation pool.’

In the last edition of the Friday Fun(d)raiser series there will be no quick-pick robots representing charities. All entries will by actual humans.

The contest menu for the next Friday Fun(d)raiser contest is as follows:

  1. Tremont Stakes – Belmont Race 5
  2. The True North Stakes – Belmont Race 8
  3. New York Stakes – Belmont Race 9
  4. Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes –
    Belmont Race 10
  5. Bed O’ Roses Invitational Stakes –
    Belmont Race 11

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 Free Friday Fun(d)raiser series (FFF) has no entry fee. The winner will select from over a dozen horse racing themed charities. The FFF ‘weekly donation pool’ is currently US$5 (contributed by the Charitable Wager Host) plus all of ‘weekly’ donation fees of the sponsoring advertisers. 100% of FFF ‘weekly donation pool’ will go to the designated charity.

Additionally, in the 2017 Free Friday Fun(d)raiser series, contestants will earn contest points for the charities for which they were playing. Weekly winners will earn 60 points, weekly second place finishers will earn 20 points, third place finishers will earn 10 points. All other weekly participants will earn 1 point for their respective charities. The FFF ‘annual donation pool’ is currently US$100 (contributed by the Charitable Wager Host) plus all of ‘annual’ donation fees of the sponsoring advertisers. At the end of the FFF 2017 season (June 9nd), the five charities with the most amassed points will receive 60%, 20%, 10%, 5% and 5% of the FFF ‘annual’ donation pool for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

While no donation is required to play in the Free Friday Fun(d)raiser series, contestants will be encouraged to donate $5, or however much they feel comfortable contributing, to the charity selected by winner of each weekly contest.

The FFF ‘Series Donation Pool’ For 2017 Is $100.

Official Results of the Friday Free Fun(d)raiser – June 2nd

In this week’s edition of the Fun(d)raiser series, 5 contestants 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 Monday during Woodbine’s racing season. Jude who was playing for Race For Education closed out the contest with lead in a rain-shortened contest. Scoring was based upon the first four races only.

Contest Race Results:

  1. Indiana Grand Race 4
  2. Woodbine Race 8
  3. Belmont Park Race 8
  4. Evangeline Downs Race 4
  5. Lone Star Race 4 (Cancelled)

The final leader board by contestants’ first name:

Rank Contestant Score
1 Jude 58.0
2 Stuart 47.4
3 Sheri 32.9
4 Robert 21.9
5 Miguel 13.8

The final leader board by contestants’ designated charity:

Rank Charity Score
1 R4ED: The Race Four Education 58.0
2 EG: Equine Guelph 47.4
3 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society #1 32.9
4 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society #2 21.9
5 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 13.8

The top performing player was playing for The Race For Education.

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. With the ultimate goal of making sure students are successful in life and become an asset to their community. The Race For Education established a partnership in 2008 with the American Association of Equine Practitioners to offer one scholarship to each of the 34 Veterinary Schools in North America. The program is funded by RFE, The AAEP Foundation and Platinum Performance and continues to be very successful. Additionally, the “Leg Up” program, a partnership with the Kentucky 4H Program got off the ground in 2013 offering a scholarship to one student at each of the over 100 chapters in Kentucky.

Each week, the 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 The Race For Education can do so through this linked web page.

Additionally, charities represented in the weekly Free Friday Fun(d)raiser contest will earn points in the seasonal standings. The charities will earn 60, 20, and 10 points when their proxies finish first, second and third respectively. Plus, 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 season (June 9th), the top 5 charities in the seasonal points standings will receive 60%, 20%, 10%, 5%, and 5% of the seasonal donation pool..


Rank Charity Points
1 R4ED: The Race Four Education 448
2 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 265
3 OF: Old Friends TB Retirement Farms 241
4 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research 209
5 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund 203
6 EG: Equine Guelph 162
7 NMR: National Museum of Racing 129
8 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America 97
9 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 95
10 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum 70
11 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation 67
12 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 63
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


Additional updates regarding the contest will be available at:, and #CWager on