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 5th

In this week’s edition of the Fun(d)raiser series, 5 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 Mondays during Woodbine’s racing season. The quick pick robot designated for the Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada closed out the contest with back to back winners with LA CORONEL and ABEL TASMAN.

Contest Race Results:

  1. Alysheba Stakes – Churchill Downs Race 6
  2. TwinSpires Turf Sprint – Churchill Downs Race 7
  3. Eight Belles Stakes – Churchill Downs Race 8
  4. Edgewood Stakes – Churchill Downs Race 10
  5. Longines Kentucky Oaks -Churchill Downs Race 11

The final leader board by contestants’ first name:

Rank Contestant Score
1 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada – Quick Pick 79.0
2 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund – Quick Pick 52.4
3 Miguel 48.6
4 WF: Winners Foundation – Quick Pick 41.8
5 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Quick Pick 37.6
6 Stuart 36.0
7 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America – Quick Pick 29.6
T8 Jude 27.2
T8 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America – Quick Pick 27.2
10 EG: Equine Guelph – Quick Pick 25.8
11 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Quick Pick 25.0
12 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research – Quick Pick 24.8
12 SPF: Square Peg Foundation – Quick Pick 24.2
14 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 20.2
15 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation – Quick Pick 18.8
T16 BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities – Quick Pick 17.6
T16 OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms – Quick Pick 17.6
T18 Sheri 12.0
T18 Robert 12.0
20 NTRA: NTRA Charities – Quick Pick 9.4
T21 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 NMR: National Museum of Racing – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 R4Ed: The Race For Education – Quick Pick 0.0

The final leader board by contestants’ designated charity:

Rank Charity Score
1 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada – Quick Pick 79.0
2 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund – Quick Pick 52.4
3 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 48.6
4 WF: Winners Foundation – Quick Pick 41.8
5 LR: Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Quick Pick 37.6
6 KDM: Kentucky Derby Museum 36.0
7 TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America – Quick Pick 29.6
T8 R4ED: The Race Four Education 27.2
T8 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America – Quick Pick 27.2
10 EG: Equine Guelph – Quick Pick 25.8
11 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Quick Pick 25.0
12 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research – Quick Pick 24.8
12 SPF: Square Peg Foundation – Quick Pick 24.2
14 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 20.2
15 SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation – Quick Pick 18.8
T16 BBC: Breeders’ Cup Charities – Quick Pick 17.6
T16 OF: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms – Quick Pick 17.6
T18 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 12.0
T18 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 12.0
20 NTRA: NTRA Charities – Quick Pick 9.4
T21 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 NMR: National Museum of Racing – Quick Pick 0.0
T21 R4Ed: The Race For Education – Quick Pick 0.0

The quick pick robot representing Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada 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 Race Track Chaplaincy can do so through this linked web page.

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From the Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada’s website:

The excitement and glamour of thoroughbred racing is what most people see when they spend a day at the races. But behind the scene are countless men and women working hard to make that day happen.

For these workers the days are long and the work hard, and often dangerous….but for most it is a labour of love.

For a lot of people the race track is not just their place of employment. It is their home, and the center of their social circle. The backstretch is truly a community.

The RTCC strives to address the many needs of this community, both spiritually and practically. Racetrack Chaplains provide support, aid, guidance and sometimes just a friendly ear to listen to problems. Through things like the RTCC’s educational programs and holiday celebrations this sense of community can grow and flourish.

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 4/28/2017

Rank Charity Points
1 R4ED: The Race Four Education 323
2 LR: Long Run TB Retirement Society 251
3 GJC: Grayson Jockey Club Research 204
4 PDJF: Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund 181
5 OF: Old Friends TB Retirement Farms 178
6 NMR: National Museum of Racing 126
7 RTCA: Race Track Chaplaincy Of America 94
8 RTCC: Race Track Chaplaincy Of Canada 90
9 EG: Equine Guelph 80
10 KDM: Kentucky Derby Musuem 67
11 KHPF: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation 46
12 BCCA: Belmont Child Care Association 38
13 TAA: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 29
14 NTRA: NTRA Charities 28
15 WF: Winners Foundation 27
16 BCC: Breeders’ Cup Charities 18
17 CDBLC: Churchill Backside Learning 16
18-T SWHF: Saratoga War Horse Foundation 8
18-T SPF: Square Peg Foundation 8
18-T TCA: Thoroughbred Charities of America 8

CURRENT ‘ANNUAL DONATION POOL’ TOTALS $100

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