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THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION NAMED NTRA CHARITIES HORSERACING AFFILIATE

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today named the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) a horseracing affiliate of its nonprofit branch, NTRA Charities. The TRF provides aftercare and adoptive services for retired racehorses in several states and is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the U.S.

Horseracing affiliates of NTRA Charities provide programs and services to racing's horses and people and to civic communities that are home to Thoroughbred racing and breeding. NTRA Charities seeks to raise awareness of its horseracing affiliates through public service announcements, which air during NTRA television programming, and through an industry-wide public awareness campaign.

"The TRF was instrumental in the creation of NTRA Charities' Racehorse Adoption Referral Program and our public service announcements for equine adoption and retirement programs," said Bryan Pettigrew, NTRA vice president-sponsorships. "Their cooperation has enabled us to help more horses than ever before find a safe home after retirement from the track."

"Nothing is more important to the racing industry than its horses," said Diana Pikulski, executive director of the TRF. "Industry recognition and meaningful support of TRF and its mission will show the world that racing recognizes its stewardship for the animals that bring us the thrill and joy of Thoroughbred racing."

A hallmark of the TRF is that many of its farms are at correctional facilities or homes for troubled youths. While being rehabilitated by people in need, the horses give back to the community. The caretakers learn a vocational trade and compassion for living creatures. TRF provides homes for former racehorses at TRF-operated and satellite farms in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin, and through private adoptions. Farms include facilities at Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, N.Y., Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, Ky., and at the Charles Hickey School in Baltimore, Md. In addition to the new TRF Exceller Rehabilitation and Retraining Farm in Poughquag, N.Y., TRF will soon be opening another major facility in Ocala, Fla. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at PMB 351, 450 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury, N.J. 07702-4332; telephone, (732) 957-0182, or on the Internet at www.trfinc.org.

TRF joins Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) as an NTRA Charities horseracing affiliate. TCA's mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by promoting rescue, retirement and research and by helping people who work with Thoroughbreds.

NTRA Charities was formed in 1999 as a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. It supports both nationally known and equine-related charities, while building public awareness of racing's charitable organizations. NTRA Charities' national affiliate is Ronald McDonald House Charities. Horse industry-related charities that affiliate with NTRA Charities benefit from NTRA-produced public service announcements that run during NTRA television time. NTRA donates television airtime and production services for the PSAs. NTRA Charities operates the Racehorse Adoption Referral Program to provide new homes for Thoroughbreds in the post-racing environment. For more information, visit the NTRA Web site, ntra.com.

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