Retrained thoroughbred Loveable Rascal has proven a winner in the real world, and has been named as 2013′s Thoroughbred of the Year by the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).
Loveable Rascal is being honored with a race named for him at the ThistleDown track in Cleveland, Ohio, and he will be present in the winner’s circle to receive his award.
The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career. Loveable Rascal, aka Rascal, is an 11-year-old therapy horse from Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He has been a therapy horse for six years.
Rascal received a halter from T.I.P. and Fieldstone was awarded $5,000.
“It’s fantastic for the Thoroughbred industry and tracks such as ThistleDown to support our retired Thoroughbreds, especially those that excel in different disciplines,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P.
“We’d like to welcome people to enjoy a day at the races and help honor Rascal — admission to ThistleDown is free.”
David Ellsworth, director of racing at ThistleDown, said ThistleDown Racino was proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Loveable Rascal.
“Thoroughbreds have a number of career options available once they retire from racing, and we’re happy to see that Rascal has made the most of his venture into therapeutic riding.”
In addition, Purina provided backpacks and a free bag of horse feed to all applicants for the T.I.P. non-competition awards. This is the second year Purina has recognized T.I.P. award applicants.
Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, performance awards, and non-competition awards.