On Sunday, August 10, Batavia Downs and Sunshine Horses will celebrate the careers and initiate the retirement of three outstanding equine athletes as they move on to a new vocation after harness racing.
Arm and a Leg, Perfect Man and Golden Terror have all been solid campaigners at Batavia Downs over the years and although their racing days are over, they still have a lot to offer. These horses demonstrated their talent, drive, and character on the track and left a lasting impression on the Standardbred racing industry in this area.
Arm and a Leg (-Kelly's Hat Trick) had 52 wins in 234 lifetime starts and earned $320,791.He had a lifetime mark of 1:54 and was owned by Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York.
Perfect Man (-Perfectly Swift) scored 22 wins in 160 attempts and earned $225,460 for his efforts. His best clocking was 1:57 for owner Howard Ouriel of Webster, New York.
Golden Terror (-Bell Ami's Love) had 21 win out of 99 starts and contributed $158,405 to the account of his owners, Team Italia Racing Stable of Buffalo, New York.
With all three horses now ready for their second career, theywill be in the Winner's Circleone more time with their former owners. And Golden Terror and Perfect Man will meet their new forever families there as well. Each horse will be presented with a commemorative cooler symbolizing their transition from their careers on the track to their new homes.
The track will also remember many Western New York horses such as Michael Scores, Tuesdays with Mom and Hitwiththeladies.
The day will also feature a visit from Sunshine mini mascot Zack and a silent auction in the paddock room featuring many beautiful items including a recliner, a 50 inch flat screen TV, an autographed Syracuse basketball poster and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly autographed football helmet and football. First race post time is 1:15.
Sunshine Horses would like to thank Howard Ouriel, Cathy Barzycki, Todd Haight, and Wanda Polisseni for their generous contributions to this event.
Sunshine Horses is a non-profit re-homing and rescue facility for horses located in upstate and central New York. It was founded by Kate Starr in 2003 and has found homes for more than 150 horses to date. Their mission is to find a "forever home" where the horses can be taken care of for the rest of their lives.
For more information on the organization and to find out how you can help, logon to www.sunshinehorses.org.