Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Kentucky Derby

I want to thank everyone who has participated to date in The Derby Dollar Challenge. We are going to continue this challenge throughout the Triple Crown series towards the end of saving as many unwanted slaughter-bound thoroughbreds as we can.
This Derby Day, Chez Chevaux will be represented by volunteer Diana Martin at a fundraising table at Emerald Downs Racetrack.
I and other volunteers will be at a fundraising BBQ at the Lynwood Cycle Barn today from 10:30 until 2:30. I will find time to watch the Derby! In addition to hoping all the contenders head back to their stalls safe and sound after the race is run (the memory of Eight Belles death last year is something everyone who watched it will never forget), I hope they all stay safe, valued and happy throughout their lives after their racing careers end. Madeleine Pickens and Old Friends were able to fly Fraise and Ogygian back from Japan to a Kentucky safe haven, insuring they wouldn't end up in a slaughterhouse as did Ferdinand and Exceller. We at Chez Chevaux want to see all thoroughbred racehorses, well known or not, enjoy a deserved chance at a second career and/or a well-earned retirement.
Whoever you bet on today (I Want Revenge is one possibility), please make a bet on these horses futures by supporting the rescue of your choice.