A yearling filly sold at auction has raised $US57,000 for thoroughbred aftercare, after being bred specifically for fund raising.
Jan and Jerry Hawthorne of Double J H Stables and Madeline Auerbach teamed up last year to breed a horse for the benefit of retired Thoroughbreds. The idea was to sell a foal at the Barretts Yearling Sale and donate all the proceeds to CARMA (California Retirement Management Account), which raises money for retired California racehorses.
The chestnut filly, by the Nureyev son Unusual Heat out of Practicaly Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect x Kelli Lee by Kris S), sold at the Barretts October Yearling Sale on Tuesday.
“I want to thank everyone for all their hard work to make this happen,” said Madeline Auerbach, CARMA Chair.
“Thank you to Jan for donating a beautiful mare and taking the responsibility of raising a wonderful baby at her own expense, to the Unusual Heat Syndicate for donating the stud fee, and to Harris Farms and Barretts Sales Company for waiving their commissions on the sale. Without everyone’s support we could not have done this.”
CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella said a key part of the group’s mission is to promote industry support for aftercare.
“When the auctioneer said all the proceeds from the sale would benefit retired racehorses, applause broke out in the pavilion, and when the hammer dropped everyone cheered. It wasn’t about the money; it was about the idea that, as a community, we could work together for an important cause,” she said.
The Hawthornes were the underbidders on the filly. There is another foal in the pipeline, with Practicaly Perfect being back in foal to Unusual Heat.
The filly was purchased by agent Tim McMurray in the name of Fleetwood Bloodstock and was scheduled to be shipped to Kentucky for training.
CARMA, a 501c3 non-profit, raises money for retired Thoroughbred racehorses that have raced in California. It is a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and has a seat on the NTRA Safety Alliance’s aftercare subcommittee, which works toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired racehorses.