Thursday, August 6, 2009

Horsemen Join Jockey Alex Solis to Golf for Retired Racehorses

California jockeys, trainers, owners and other industry participants joined honorary host Alex Solis at the 8th Annual Golf Classic for CERF (California Equine Retirement Foundation) Tuesday, August 4th at Del Mar Country Club.

A total of 89 players participated in the event, which included scramble tournament golf, lunch on the course and on-course contests. The Del Mar weather cooperated to produce a perfectly sparkling day with temperatures in the low 80s, and the course was absolutely spectacular. The day concluded with an awards dinner and silent and live auctions, with Trevor Denman as master of ceremonies.

Founded in 1986 by Grace Belcuore, CERF has been giving ex-racehorses a happy home for over 23 years. CERF is well known throughout the Thoroughbred Industry for its uncompromised commitment to our equine friends. When their racing days are over, CERF gives these horses a home where they can retire in comfort or, if appropriate, be rehabilitated and moved on to their next career. CERF houses 70 plus residents daily, many of whom will be living out their final days at the CERF Ranch in Winchester, California.

All proceeds from this event will be used EXCLUSIVELY for the care of these horses. To make a donation to CERF, click here.


D.S. Williamson said...

That's a great cause. After the hard life these horses live they deserve their retirement just as much as any human. There is a serious demand on their energy daily. It's good to know they will be taken care of. It's a great cause and all who participated to make the event a success deserve all the praise and 'atta boys' they can get.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Alex Solis! I wish more jockeys and ex-jockeys would give back to the athletes that made them wealthy! Does anyone know if Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Gary Stevens do anything like this?

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news, great idea! The racehorses have earned it! Good luck and have fun!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I hope it spreads coast to coast. These horses deserve it; without them, there would be no sport and no livelihood for racing folks. Congrats!

Shrink and Grow said...

Thank you on behalf of CERF for coming out to report on our tournament. It was a success because of people like Alex, David and the others. As well as trainers, owners and industry professionals.
To answer the other questions, Gary Stevens plays at our tournament every year. He wasn't able to make it this year, but we had in attendance Garrett Gomez, Joe Talamo, and others.
Thanks again!

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