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R A C E Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To preserve the lives of thoroughbred racehorses and racetrack pony horses who can no longer race or work by facilitating and providing for their care and well being during their transition to retirement, sanctuary care and or adoption. Uphold the integrity of racing by encouraging horsemen and the racing industry to give back to these gallant creatures who have given so much to them. Work to put an end to horse slaughter in the United States.

Results: The R.A.C.E. Fund has helped and assisted in helping over 100 horses to retire from racing and or saved them from going to slaughter.

Target demographics: thoroughbred racehorses

Programs: Retirement of thoroughbreds after their racing careers have ended. Rescue of thoroughbreds at risk of going to slaughter. Sanctuary care for long term thoroughbred retirees and retraining and adoption of thoroughbreds who are suited for a second career and discipline.

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization giving these thoroughbreds a chance of finding a loving home!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An organization dedicated to assisting horses after their racing careers. Truly committed to this with their efforts to rescue and place horses, whether for a new career or as sanctuary horses.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring people working to support horses from the racetracks that are often forgotten. These horses have had a hard and at times traumatic life, so having kind, respectful people helping and caring for them is filling an important need. Thank you for all you do to help these horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization which always puts the welfare and safety of the horses first.

Chris P.8

Donor

Rating: 5

Exceptional people to deal with, and are extremely caring, conscientious and dedicated to helping Thoroughbreds no matter where they are. By far one of the best rescues ever. I highly recommend them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RACE Fund Inc is a combination of Caring, Compassion and Integrity. Their mission shows no discrimination to the value of any Thoroughbred in need, Whether there is a second career awaiting or simply a need of retirement and sanctuary

The RACE Fund, to my knowledge, was one of The First Thoroughbred Non-Profits to bring a Thoroughbred back from Puerto Rico to the US Mainland and find an adoptive home where this TB gelding is living out retirement by being a baby-sitter to foals, yearlings and young Thoroughbreds

If I could give them 10 Stars, I would !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The RACE Fund moves mountains. They truly make their charitable decisions based upon the horse's needs. What's best for the horse. And not just because of some monetary value, stature in breeding, track winnings, or a horse's potential in their life beyond the track.

This is a story that went from the United States to Puerto Rico and back to the United States. A story that describes international efforts which took several months to accomplish. This is a story about how the RACE Fund brought together a Community of Caring People to help Retire a Thoroughbred from racing with dignity and respect.

The RACE Fund helped my quest to bring a young Thoroughbred back to the United States after countless attempts to find help from others failed. I was told by many other rescues and Thoroughbred advocates, who did not see any value in this young thoroughbred, that it was too much time, effort & money to help this one horse retire safely and live out his life with the dignity he deserved. The RACE Fund shared my belief that "It Did Matter to This One Young Thoroughbred".

Because the RACE Fund was willing to network and put in tireless hours, this One Young Thoroughbred has now found a permanent home with a mother, sister and daughter. In their eyes his value didn't come from any winnings on the track or having potential for a second career as a sport horse. His value came solely from his heart to theirs.

The entire story can be read on his FB page -
https://www.facebook.com/Mynahs-Boy-Retired-from-Racing-Found-His-Forever-Home-1586095638274747/timeline/?ref=hl

Read from beginning to end his story ....

Donor

Rating: 5

Very down to earth people, they go out of their way to care and help the horses. I get pictures and updates of the horse I’ve sponsored regularly. I highly recommend RACE.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RACEFUND is the most legitimate rescue I have been associated with...honest, hardworking folks that bend over backwards to help horses!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known and worked with Marlene Murray and RACE FUND for 3 years now...Race fund works tirelessly to save TB'S from bad situations, rehab and retrain them giving them the best possible chance of getting a lifelong home. Marlene is always available to help others that are helpings horses in need. Thank you Marlene Murray/RACE FUND for all you do...Lindy Clark, Six M Farm

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have to say i love Race Fund. We got our girl trippin star from the. They did such a great job with her. She is an awesone horse. Thank you guys.

Jane127

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great charity, vigilant for the needy, quick to react. Tracks all placements and no rescue falls through the cracks again. Informative and kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

RACEfund is proactive, honest, and exceptionally attentive to matching horse-to-home for best long-term results. Their Board of Directors is savvy and realistic, and has an amazing network of experts and volunteers. They go beyond the call of duty for each rescue, viewing them as individuals worthy of respect, no matter what their age or condition. They invest in their decisions, seeing every case through whatever issues may arise, such as rescuing a broodmare from auction to find serious vet care was needed (and secured). They view every case as important. RACEfund also generously shares the plight of other rescue groups, including their links and needs, unselfishly. Top notch group of caring people.

1 Caroline M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am always impressed at how hard Marlene and her group work! She is a tireless advocate and won’t take “No” for an answer. “Walk for the Horses” the latest fun event, was so well done and is the exact type of PR racing needs. Excellent nonprofit group!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about RACE Fund for almost 10 years and I am always impressed with the dedication and compassion of Marlene and her organization. They are focused on what is best for the animals and always work to that end. Kind, professional and always grateful with donations no matter the amount. Thank you for all of your hard work. You are making a difference!

Karen Miller G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my post from February 2, 2018. Not meant to bore everyone but just kind of have to get this out. Huge thanks to Fred Gruber for putting up with me and my wims!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Race Fund continues to be fully dedicated to helping TBs in need, as well as continuing to make efforts to educate people about the plight that many racehorses often face after their races days are over. They are truly a Top Notch organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RACE Fund Inc. is an amazing, helpful organization. I could never say enough good about them. They are so dedicated and knowledgeable. The care they provide is unmatched. They are always there to help, in addition to all the lives they save they also help so much behind the scenes whether it be helping ID a Thoroughbred's tattoo or figuring out where a horse in need has raced and what programs may be available for them. They are top-notch an make a huge difference every day. Thank you for all you do. I'm so grateful.....
Andrea Brow

3 Gerda Palmblad S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a horse rescue, I have had a lot of communication with the Race Fund and have helped with the TB rescues as best as I can. And much to their credit, they, in turn, have helped us financially to rescue when we have the room to take a TB into our rescue.

They are a strong, committed group that has always been a pleasure to work with!
The pictures below are if 18 yr old Artic Heat rescued in such poor condition he needed hospitalization for 5 days, or he would not have survived. RACE Fund helped us with bail and transport to our rescue! Gerdas Equine Rescue Inc.

1 Happened by Chance Horses Inc.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Marlene and RACE fund rescuing OTTB's. The support RACE fund offers is very kind. Marlene follows up and offers help when others can't.
A great organization!! RACE Fund is in it for the benefit of the horses. They have set a standard rescuing Thoroughbred horses and it has been my pleasure to work with them. Thank you Marlene and RACE fund.

Alicia M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure of working with RACE Fund as we rescued 2 young OTTB mares from shipping to slaughter. Marlene was absolutely wonderful to work with, we saved the mares and Marlene checks on them frequently. RACE Fund is truly dedicated to protecting thoroughbreds after their racing career is over and finding their next career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted two absolutely beautiful horses from R A C E Fund, Inc. I was amazed at what a first class operation it was. They were so wonderful to work with. The horses were in incredible shape. They were taken such good care of we have had to adjust to keep up with them. Just kidding, they really were amazing. They continue to stay in close contact with us and continue to love the horses even though they are no longer there with them. We are so greatful and appreciative of what they did for us. Words can't describe how highly I would recommend them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking to rescue a thoughbred off the track. Wanted to save a life. I looked on many pages. Came across Race Fund. They were so helpful in me finding the perfect horse and the process was quick which I love. My Trippin Star. She is so sweet and she is so good . She was everything they said she was. Highly recommend them. They are going great work. And saving these beautiful animals from slaughter.

Nicole Coleman H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My very first thoroughbred adoption has been made a beautiful, reassuring process. The ottb coming home to me has been so well cared for and truly given the love and attention he deserved after being rescued from a kill pen. Even after my adoption was approved, he has been ridden regularly to keep him in great health until I pick him up! This is above and beyond what I’ve seen any rescue provide!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that the RACE Fund has helped with so many Thoroughbred rescues. Winning that last race into a safe and forever home is the most important part of OTTB After care. The RACE Fund goes above and beyond to keep retiring thoroughbreds on a safe path and out of the slaughter pipeline.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Proud to be a part of great organization that is helping so many horses.

Cindy238

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We quarantined a TB this rescue helped facilitate in getting out of a kill pen. They were nothing short of professional to deal with, with the best interest of the horse in mind. They kept in contact with us as we did them with updates on the horses condition etc while in quarantine. They ensured that we had the horses feet done as his feet were overgrown over his shoes and paid promptly for the farrier service. We also had the opportunity to transport the rescue horse to his new owner out of state, of which they helped to facilitate that as well. Great Rescue to support. They genuinely work hard to ensure the horses have great care.

Linda475

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with RACE fund personally. They do a very thorough vetting and progress check on every horse they home. They keep the horses best interest first. Top notch organization!

Danielle81

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a layover farm for Racefund.. Marlene Murray is absolutely amazing.. I ended up adopting the first racefund rescue from Puerto Rico, Marlene assisted in rescuing Mynahs Boy, he's blind in one eye, a double bow on the left and a bow in the right, he payed over at my farm in Ocala Fl for 30 days before heading to Pa via NY,once there it was determined I couldn't live with out him, Racefund and Marlene then assisted again at helping to get him back down to me and his forever home . .. that is a very long story made short ...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Race fund helped bring a one eyed, double bow in the right front, single bow in the left front home from Puerto Rico.. His prognosis of a life after racing was slim to none in PR.. Heck it's slim to none here in the states.. Mynahs Boy "Rico" was just to be a layover at my farm in central Florida on his way to a rescue in Pa.. We were hesitant to load him that day but we did.. Once he arrived in Pa, we kept track of him, not quite happy with his quality of life, Race fund was contacted and they helped bring Rico to his final home in Florida.. Thanks to Marlene Murray, Race fund, and several other folks..that is a very long story made short

Ginny O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jersey Joe C was retired from racing by a trainer who thought he was doing the right thing. Two years later this poor horse ended up in a kill auction. The previous trainer was contacted and immediately said that he hadn't seen a horse in two years but he wanted that horse saved. He couldn't afford the bail at that time but was willing to repay it if someone could just come up with the money to save this horse. RaceFund stepped in without hesitation and this horse is now safely back with his breeder. Those of us who try to save the warhorses of racing are forever indebted!

noratarpley

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

3 years ago RACE FUND INC. Rescued a 3 year old OTTB from a "Kill Buyer". We are thrilled to have him part of our family. He is a sweetheart of a horse, always at the gate when I come out to see him. Thank you RACE FUND, for saving our Rhett!

Jason136

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic non profit. Marlene genuinely cares for each and every horse she saves. This is a life long passion for her.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into the RACE fund to help the horses. Such a great cause.

Laura358

Donor

Rating: 5

RACE Fund is a great rescue organization; Marlene truly cares about the best placement of the horses and will do everything to ensure they are taken care of and loved. The organization is well run with frequent checks on adopted horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RACEFund is doing extraordinary work helping thoroughbreds retire and transition into wonderful lives off the track, and also saving thoroughbreds that wind up in terrible predictaments like the Slaughter pipeline. Marlene is very proactive and a good facilitator; she often takes the lead and organizes the effort to help a horse. I've learned from her each time we've worked together. She and I (as well as others) have worked to help a few US-bred horses return from racing in Puerto Rico, and a few horses in desperate situation here in States (with a killbuyer). RACEFund is a shining example of what a thoroughbred Aftercare program ought to be!

Jen_22

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for several years. They are truly a wonderful group that had helped save so many horses from slaughter. Trustworthy and honest and above board in all of their interactions. I am very pleased to continue my support for this group.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a top notch organization. Honest and transparent. Funding placement or retirement for OTTBs that would otherwise end up in the slaughter pipeline.

Brookfields

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have found the RACE Fund to be an excellent rescue to work with. I like their honest approach, total transparency and above all their dedication to helping thoroughbreds in need. If you're looking for the cream of the crop in Thorouhbred rescue look no further. RACE Fund sits heads and shoulders above the others.

Donor

Rating: 5

RACE Fund is an amazing organization. I have worked with them in helping numerous TBs over the years. I cannot say enough about their high character, integrity and their ongoing dedication to their cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RACEFUND is an extremely ethical, caring organization for OTTBs and other horses. I cannot say enough about how well-run and established they are in the world of rescue. They have helped numerous horses over the years! HIGHLY recommended!!!

Rebecca86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These wonderful angles found my friend's beautiful boy at a kill pen, he was in such bad shape I would have never known him. These angels got him back to his old self:)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just found this wonderful place! They saved a great and personal friend from being slaughtered .....There is a God for all creatures and this group does his work:)