Hay, Oats & Spaghetti Caps Opening Weekend of Spa Racing Season

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Fourth Annual “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” dinner on Monday, July 25 will be held at Bravo! Restaurant, 3246 Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, from 6 to 9 PM. This year’s celebration will be bigger than ever so the perennial hosts Giuseppe and Lauren Grisio will be closing the entire restaurant for the event.

“We started at one dining room at Mama Mia's,” said TRF Board member Suzie O'Cain. “Last year, we had the lounge at Bravo! This year, Giuseppe and Lauren have given us the entire restaurant, as well as all the food, beer and wine. To think that one business would devote an entire evening during track season for a good cause is almost unimaginable. The TRF is so grateful to the Grisios, who have been beyond generous in their support for the TRF.”

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door, and this year, limited reserved seating is available. Ticket prices include beer, wine and a sumptuous Italian buffet that will be served from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Additionally, there will be a raffle of select signature items. All proceeds will benefit the Saratoga Springs-based TRF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is the world's oldest and largest Thoroughbred rescue organization.

“Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” is the ideal way to get in stride for the season and to help racing's biggest stars, the horses. For more details, to reserve tickets and for additional information, please call (518) 226-0028 or visit http://www.trfinc.org/event/hayoats/.

Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is the largest equine rescue organization and sanctuary of its kind, devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. The TRF retrains Thoroughbreds for second careers as riding and show horses as well as for use in equine assisted therapy. The TRF is perhaps best known for its pioneering TRF Second Chances Program which pairs men and women inmates at nine state correctional facilities across the nation with ex-racehorses. The inmates participate in a certified vocational training course in horse care and stable maintenance while experiencing the therapeutic benefit of working with horses. TRF Second Chances farms are located in NY, FL, KY, SC, VA, IN, MA, MD, and IL. The TRF’s other locations include James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, VA, and at satellite farms in CA, NY, VA, OK, VT and SC. The TRF is accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.