Magazine article Variety

Horse Sense for Retired Thoroughbreds

Magazine article Variety

Horse Sense for Retired Thoroughbreds

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Bobby Flay will tell you the first thing he thinks about each day is food. Once he steps away from the kitchen, though, his attention often turns toward horses, specifically thoroughbreds. Think stakes, not steaks.

An owner of thoroughbred racehorses, Flay was recently in the winners circle with Dame Dorothy at Kentucky's storied Churchill Downs. He also sits on the board of directors of the New York Racing Assn, and is one of 15 celebrity Breeders' Cup ambassadors.

"I've been a fan of horse racing ever since I was a kid," Flay told Variety at last year's Breeders Cup at Santa Anita. "My father took me to Saratoga Springs race track as a kid and I've been a fan ever since."

More importantly, Flay has become the celebrity face of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the country's oldest and largest thoroughbred rescue group, which places horses at prisons for inmates to learn new professional and personal skills through the care of horses.

"The great thing for us as a charitable organization is that (Flay) has an equal passion for all racehorses after their careers are over," says Sue Finley, publisher of the Thoroughbred Daily News. Since 1998, she also has been chair of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's largest fund-raising event - a dinner for 650 people that raises between $400,000 and $500,000 for the organization. …

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