PAIR OF SAN LUIS REY DOWNS FIRE SURVIVORS TO COMPETE ONE YEAR AFTER DEVASTATING BLAZE
ARCADIA, (Dec. 3, 2018)–The California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will stage its annual two-day Thoroughbred Holiday Classic this Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. In addition, the Calcutta, where jockeys and trainers will be featured on horseback, will be held Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Held annually since 2011, the event which raises awareness to help CARMA rehabilitate and place retired Thoroughbreds, gets underway on Saturday at 8 a.m.
This year’s Thoroughbreds-only show will include two horses that survived the devastating fires which engulfed San Luis Rey Downs a year ago and will again feature a jumping competition for racetrack trainers and jockeys on Saturday evening. This competition will be supported by several members of the Southern California Thoroughbred community, including top trainer John Sadler, conditioner of recent Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate, Accelerate.
Sadler, an accomplished equestrian in his own right, has competed in every Jockey and Trainer Calcutta since the inception of the competition in 2013 and his team of fellow trainers remains undefeated.
“This is obviously for a great cause, as CARMA is doing wonderful things in terms of placing retired Thoroughbreds in good homes and really, bringing much joy to those folks that adopt them,” said Sadler, who is believed by many to be a leading candidate for racing’s Hall of Fame in the near future.
“I’ve been riding my whole life and for me, and everyone involved with CARMA, horses are family. We all look forward to this fundraiser every year and we look forward to having a lot of fun and putting on a good show for everyone on Saturday.”
Admission is free to attend the horse show both Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the Calcutta, on Saturday evening (5:30 p.m.) will offer attendees a complimentary hosted barbeque dinner and no-host bar (21 and over.)
For additional information on CARMA’s two-day Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show Dec. 8 & 9, please contact CARMA Project Manager Natalie Rietkerk at (626) 574-6654.
California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2007 to raise money for retired racehorses. It is responsible for hosting fundraising events, educating owners and trainers on equine retirement, raising awareness and working to unify the racing industry in support of its equine athletes. Ways in which this is accomplished include facilitating the transition of racehorses off the track through its Placement Program and showcasing the breed’s versatility as equestrian mounts at its Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show. CARMA worked closely with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to adopt a rule change allowing for a 0.3% deduction from purses to help fund equine retirement. This deduction which owners can “opt-out” of if they so choose, is used to support Thoroughbred retirement farms and other non-profit programs that care for and retrain retired racehorses. CARMA manages a grant request process and since 2008 has awarded more than 3.2 million dollars to qualified retirement facilities caring for Thoroughbreds. Donations are tax-deductible and may be sent to CARMA, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA, 91007. (Tax ID #80-0146395).
CARMA Mission Statement
The California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) provides funding for the retirement of California-raced Thoroughbred horses and serves as an educational resource for the public and racing community.