Day At The Track

Eight Hours Left, 14 Horses Wait With Hope

04:44 AM 11 Aug 2018 NZST
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Cream Ridge, NJ - Aug. 10, 2018 - As the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) continues to chisel at the slaughter bound harness racing trotters and pacers whose deadline is Friday, August 10, 2018 at 8pm, the kindness that has been given to those to date has saved twenty-four of the thirty-eight marked for shipment. Still eighteen homes are needed and $12,000 to release them from the "kill pens", but without homes an additional $3,000 for each horse is also needed to give them care, likely through the winter, until adoptions pick up again.
 
Some home offers include a few for Clam Sauce, the elderly guy who needs veterinary attention, he is on his way right now to SRF for care. Nu Xample is being returned to his owner in Canada, and Da Vinci Road is already in quarantine with his adopter, she is one of the very few with stellar breeding, sired by Western Hanover. A wonderful home in Delaware is offering a place for two older horses, because she said, "I am old too."
 
"There has been such tremendous help from people offering homes, owners and breeders who have taken their horses back, gifts to help release those from the "kill buyers", but leaving fourteen behind will be very painful, if it comes to that," states Judy Bokman, SRF's Executive Director. "We are not in the position to overextend further. Giving back to their horses has always been something we hoped owners, trainers, and drivers would be compelled to do, and appreciate those already stepping up. SRF hopes this critical situation generates others to follow so we can avoid the painful decision of who gets saved and who ships.
 
From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation
 
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