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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

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have worked with Marlene many times over the last several years, helping to rescue and place Thoroughbreds of all ages off the track or from neglect or feedlot situations... into good, safe and forever homes and new careers. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Marlene and the RACE Fund. RACE Fund is an extremely dedicated, no- nonsense charity that has proven time and time again that their protocol works. Marlene is a wealth of information about the entire racing industry and her knowledge also helps to educate others about Thoroughbred and other equine welfare issues. I have worked with many horse rescues over the years, and the RACE Fund comes out on top! THANK YOU RACE Fund for saving so many Thoroughbreds, track ponies and other equines, giving them a second chance at life!


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Rating: 5

The Race Fund is a non profit association that works to assist in the placement of retired thoroughbred race horses to go on to a new and happy life following the end of their racing career. This particular organization assists all kinds of these retired thoroughbreds and has built a network of reputable "foster" homes across the country as temporary (and sometimes permanent) placement for them. Their leaders work tirelessly to place a horse - even if that horse is not the most physically adept at the end of their career. They believe (as do we) that just because a race horse has reached the end of their racing career - doesn't mean that they are no longer valuable or no longer worthy of love and care. They champion campaigns against the slaughter of innocent horses, whose fate at a slaughter house is extremely inhumane and very cruel to the animal. These retired race horses deserve a better end to their career than that of the cruelty of a slaughterhouse and the The Race Fund's leadership promotes this philosophy through their willingness to work toward this end without regard for their own personal time or amount of effort - whatever it takes to save a horse!. The Race Fund leaders are constantly striving to find ways of bettering life for these retired race horses. They have built this organization from scratch with a fundamentally sound business plan and are very knowledgeable about how to make their organization and business plans work and what it takes to reach their goals. Throughout the years, they have tackled many challenges in this endeavor but have not allowed these challenges to deter them from their mission nor have they strayed from their beliefs as a result. Our hats are off to them for the excellent job they do in placing these horses and saving them for a better life in the years after the end of their racing careers! Congratulations to all of them for continuing to provide this service and for a job well done! Kudos!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The RACE FUND is a wonderful organization that helps retired race horses that tirelessly gave their life to racing The organization gives the horses a peaeful way to live out their final days rather than the other horrible alternatives that other horses face such as slaughter.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people really care about the welfare of horses.



Rating: 5

The best interest of the horse is always first. They are dedicated and watchful till the horse goes to heaven !


Client Served

Rating: 5

The R.A.C.E fund was instrumental in assisting me in getting my former racehorse rescued from the track and arranging to have the owner/trainer give him to me to retire permently. Marlene Murray of the R.A.C.E. Fund worked for about a year, tracking him, updating me on whereabouts and contacting trainers on my behalf. I had never met Marlene and have not met her to this day, but she went well beyond the call of duty to help rescue this horse. I am forever grateful for all she and the R.A.C.E. did for me and my horse. The R.A.C.E. Fund is also responsible for saving many Thoroughbreds from slaughter or abuse by finding permanent homes for them at other Thoroughbred rescues. They follow up on their horses as though they were their own pets. I cannot say enough about Marlene and this organization.