The Third Annual “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” dinner to support the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) hosted by Giuseppe and Lauren Grisio at Bravo! on Monday, July 27, raised more than $11,000 for the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred aftercare organization.
“In three short years, this event has skyrocketed and shows exactly what is best about Saratoga,” said TRF Board member and Thoroughbred breeder Suzie O’Cain. “You have old friends reuniting, you have a generous community businessman who happens to own one of the best restaurants around, and it all comes together to benefit the horses, which is the reason why all of us are here in the first place.”
Previously held at Mama Mia’s Pizza & Cafe, owners Giuseppe and Lauren Grisio hosted “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” at their new Bravo! restaurant to accommodate a larger crowd. Among the approximately 200 in attendance were many personalities from Saratoga’s horse racing scene, including trainers Mike Hushion, Rick Violette Jr., H. James Bond and his wife, Tina; Ian Wilkes and his wife, Tracey, Carl Domino, and Richard Schosberg and his wife, Dawn; Joe and Anne McMahon of McMahon Thoroughbreds; Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds; Tom Gallo of Parting Glass Racing; Saratoga philanthropist Michele Riggi and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen. Other generous event sponsors included DeCresente, Saratogian, Adirondack Trust, Thorobred Feed Sales, and Saratoga Strategic Partners.
“The Foods of Anne Burrell,” also to benefit the TRF, will be held at The Canfield Casino in Congress Park on Sunday, August 9. Please visit http://www.trfinc.org/event/the-foods-of-anne-burrell for more details.
Founded in 1983, the TRF has rescued more than 4,000 former racehorses and retrained many of them for a variety of second careers. TRF horses have gone on to careers in the show ring, on the trail, and as companion horses. They have become healers in equine therapy programs serving veterans, amputees, and others in need. They work as teachers in the TRF Second Chances program, where inmates provide care for the horses while learning valuable life and vocation skills. TRF horses who can’t go on to a second careers are given lifetime retirement in the TRF herd. Currently, the TRF has more than 900 horses in its care at 24 farms across the country. The TRF is a 501(c)(3) and depends fully on philanthropic support.