A great idea developed into a successful finale a couple of October days ago when Jan and Jerry Hawthorne of Double J H Stables and Madeline Auerbach put their heads together to raise money for retired Thoroughbreds. Together they came up with quite an admirable plan.
The Hawthornes and Auerbach planned to raise the money for the benefit of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) for retired Thoroughbreds. Together they schemed up this fantastic foal-share plan.
What better way to help Thoroughbreds than with another Thoroughbred!
They came up with the idea to breed and sell a young Thoroughbred at the Barretts yearling sale and then donate the entire proceeds to CARMA. The chosen Thoroughbred is a lovely filly, a chestnut by Unusual Heat out of Practicaly Perfect by Pleasantly Perfect. This pretty gal brought $57,000 as she paraded throughout the sale weaing Hip No. 57.
Generosity was the name of the game on several fronts. The Hawthornes owned the mare and raised the foal, and together with Auerbach, CARMA Chair and principal owner of Unusual Heat Syndicate for donating the stud fee, offered the young filly without reserve. Sales agent Harris Farms and Barretts waived their commissions for the filly’s sale.
Jan and I were trying to think about how to do something outside of the box to raise some money. Jan had the mare, and I said, 'Why don't we foal share and give it to CARMA?' Jan did a beautiful job raising the baby. And Barretts and Harris gave up some pretty significant commissions to make this happen.
The Hawthornes really liked this filly and they were even prepared to purchase her. They have already planned another foal with Practicaly Perfect and Unusual Heat.
Applause rang out in the pavilion when the auctioneer announced all the proceeds from the sale would benefit retired racehorses. And again, a cheering din arose when the hammer dropped.
It was about the idea that, as a community, we could work together for an important cause.
The filly was purchased by Fleetwood Bloodstock by agent Tim McMurray. She was shipped to Kentucky to start her formal training.
CARMA is a 501c3 non-profit group that actively raises money for retired Thoroughbred racehorses that have run in California. CARMA is a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance where it has a seat on the NTRA Safety Alliance’s aftercare subcommittee.
One of CARMA’s missions is to seek and support racehorse aftercare and Executive Director Lucinda Mandella said that “yesterday we saw that in action.”
Auerbach said it best,
I want to thank everyone for all their hard work to make this happen. 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.
Indeed, the foal-share plan was brilliant and many thanks have been extended to all.
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