NYRA to Celebrate Legends of Racing with Equine Retirement Day
By Eric Wing; Mark Bardack | 08/02/2013 01:06 PM ET
2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide to make special paddock appearance
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate the industry's retired equine athletes during a day in their honor at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 4.
Equine Retirement Day will be highlighted by a special appearance from 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide in the paddock from 11:30 a.m. to noon. He will make a return appearance to the paddock before the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Post time for the Vanderbilt is approximately 5:12 p.m.
A number of thoroughbred retirement organizations will be represented on track at the Jockey Silks Room throughout the day, where they will collect donations and have literature available for the public.
The organizations include the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, Akindale Farms, Saratoga War Horse, ReRun New York, B.I.T.S. at Little Brook Farm, Equine Advocates and Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Take 2, Take the Lead, and New Vocations.
Additionally, Sunday continues the annual Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing Legends of Saratoga with an autograph signing featuring some of Saratoga's most popular retired jockeys. Riders Angel Cordero, Jose Santos and Richard Migliore will sign autographs for fans at the Jockey Silks Room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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