GHRC Seeks Celebrity / Racing Volunteer Ambassador
Georgia Horse Racing Coalition Celebrity / Racing Volunteer Ambassador:
The honor comes with rewards, which allow the Ambassadors to enjoy horse racing across the country, including concierge service, tickets, and more.
What it means to GHRC:
Your participation we will help attract new donors, increase publicity, expand our social media reach and make it easier to attract other ambassadors, both with a national and local scope to help bring racing and up to 10,000 jobs and nearly $75M in tax revenues to support the Hope Scholarship and transportation infrastructure in Georgia.
What it means to Racing:
With the world’s largest airport, host to the 1996 Olympics and home of the Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks, Horse Racing Industry Executives concur that Georgia offers the best new location to build a world-class racing and entertainment venue that will attract horsemen from across the country and grow the industry.
Ambassador Role: with the utmost respect for your time, all we ask are the following:
To learn more about similar programs below is a link to the Breeders’ Cup Ambassador program which includes Kate Upton, Elizabeth Banks and Bobby Flay to name a few.
Email Steve.Crayne@GAHorseRacing.org for more details.
Mucho Macho Man & Reeves Thoroughbred Racing Join GivingTuesday
Yesterday was a very special day indeed as Dean & Patti Reeves, owners of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and instrumental leaders of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, joined #GivingTuesday with donations to The Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Old Friends Equine and Saratoga Warhorse.
Read more below about these great organizations:
Race Track Chaplaincy of America, for “teaching, preaching, and ministering to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of those persons involved in all aspects of the horse racing industry.” http://rtcanational.org/
Old Friends - providing a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we hope to raise awareness of all equines in need. http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/
Saratoga Warhorse – a confidential, peer-to-peer, equine assisted experience that goes beyond therapy and beyond horsemanship to create a natural release for the emotional turmoil that our veteran population is left to deal with. www.saratogawarhorse.com
What is #GivingTuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity. http://community.givingtuesday.org/News
Built To Last
Built to Last: Dating back to the Olympic Games in Greece during the 700-40 BCE period, the first known North American racing trophy, a silver cup, was the prize at Hampstead Plain, Long Island in 1665. (Encyclopedia Britannica)
The Great American Sport of Racing is the oldest sport in our country and while taxpayers foot the bill to build new stadiums that seldom last more than 30 years, the five oldest racetracks in America have been standing for a combined 705 years!
It is time for Georgia to welcome a sport truly built to last.
Dean & Patti Reeves Talk Mucho Macho Man & Georgia Horse Racing
Listen to Dean & Patti Reeves talk Mucho Macho Man & Georgia Horse Racing on At The Races with Steve Byk on Sirius XM radio.
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Race Track Chaplaincy of America to Help Bring Racing to Georgia
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is proud to announce the partnership with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America to help bring racing to Georgia. With 33 Chaplains serving 48 racetracks in 19 states they will ensure that Georgia sets new standards of excellence in the racing community.
Executive Director, Chaplain Craig Wiley, Colonel (retired) United States Army said ” I look forward to a partnership. The horsemen and women of the race track industry need the moral, ethical and spiritual leadership of the Race Track Chaplain. When our horsemen are fit our race tracks are better places for the sport of horse racing.”
The mission of RTCA is to minister to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of people involved in all aspects of the horse racing industry. You’ll find more information about RTCA at http://rtcanational.org/
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is focused on building strong partnerships in all sectors of the racing industry; our goal is to win the respect and trust of voters and lawmakers that Georgia will become the new model for the Great American Sport of Racing.
Georgia’s Home Town Horse Mucho Macho Man Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic
In a photo finish for the ages Mucho Macho Man wins the $5M Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Super Bowl of racing. Owned by Georgia’s Dean & Patti Reeves, instrumental leaders for the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, Mucho Macho Man secured his place in racing history with one of the most thrilling victories ever.
This was a day of history as trainer Kathy Ritvo became the first woman trainer to win the Breeder’s Cup Classic.
And then there is Hall Of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who at the very young age of 50, becomes a racing legend winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff & Classic in the same year, only the second jockey in history to accomplish that. Gary studied the films of Macho like a Harvard graduate and immediately discovered he does not respond to the stick; a critical factor in guiding Macho to two straight Grade I wins and a flawless ride in the Classic.
Congratulations to everyone and some day soon we will look back on this moment and realize this was the point in history where racing in Georgia all began.
The Forgotten Athlete by Steven Crayne
They will never dunk a basketball, throw a 50-yard touchdown pass or hit a 400-foot home run; they stand just over 5 feet tall and at a maximum weight of just 115 lbs weigh less than a 14-year-old child.
Yet nearly every day of the year, these giant athletes mount up on 1,000-pound thoroughbreds at speeds of 35mph risking life and limb with every stride towards the finish line.
Studies have shown that pound for pound Jockey’s, not NFL, NBA or MLB players, yes jockeys are the most athletic. “They have to be,” wrote American prize-winning author Laura Hillenbrand in her top-selling story about “Seabiscuit,” “To begin with, jockeys have to meet the demands on balance, coordination and reflex,” “To be able to ride a racehorse successfully is, without doubt, an extraordinary feat in sports.”
Daring, quick, smart and yes STRONG, we wish Calvin Borel a speedy recovery and are proud that Horse Racing is home to the best and bravest athletes.
Georgia Horse Racing Coalition Appoints Steven Crayne as Executive Director
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is very pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Crayne as our Executive Director.
Steve joined us as a volunteer six months ago and has since been tirelessly working to build our Social Media and Networking strategy, integral components of our grass roots efforts to bring racing to Georgia.
Steve brings a winning track record in the entertainment industry of helping build national brands like Blockbuster through creative marketing programs, impeccable customer service and cultivating strong partnerships with everyone he works with. His infectious passion for horse racing has drawn the attention of numerous key industry executives, has doubled our fan base in the past 4 months and has attracted many talented new volunteers and industry sponsors.
Reporting through Tom Schulte to the Board of Directors, Steve will be charged with executing our strategic plan along with our Board Members to bring racing and all its economic benefits to Georgia.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and all our members we congratulate Steve and welcome him to our winning stable!
How Lost In The Fog Made Life Clear, A Breeders’ Cup Experience by Steven Crayne
The year was 2005 and when my long time racing friend called me in late September I had no idea it would lead to a memory that as I grow older and more forgetful I will repeat over and over again and friends will pretend that they never heard and try to act like they are hearing it for the first time. When I repeat the story to my son Nick, who is as honest as the day is long, his eyes will roll and he will hit the STFU button and we will both laugh because as New Yorkers at heart we speak that language lightheartedly.
I recall the horse that captured the headlines was our favorite, Lost in The Fog, which summarized my life until I married and my first and only son Nick came into this world instantly lifting that fog which kept me drifting aimlessly through life.
With 10 straight wins in stakes company leading up to the Breeders Cup Sprint, Lost in the Fog went off at the lowest odds of the day and was the fan favorite stealing the limelight away from the Classic.
At 11 years old, Nick had already been to the races a few times, somehow winning each time and now thinking that was the norm. Of course with me placing the bets he couldn’t really lose but that’s just not the way he thinks. He always values Dad’s money as if it were his, something I don’t remember ever doing when I was a kid. When he wanted to bet a pick 3 I didn’t tell him forget it, it’s hard enough to pick one winner let alone three.
So for race 4 in the Juvenile the obvious pick was sort of my namesake, Stevie Wonderboy who made a thunderous rally down the stretch to beat heavily favored First Samurai paying $11.20. Race 5 Nick went with the local horse Intercontinental in the Filly & Mare Turf who held off the 2-1 favorite Ouija Board and paid $32 to win. WOW, he was alive in the pick 3 with Lost in the Fog the only thing standing between him and the bit hit!
Everyone sitting all around us knew this 11-year- old boy was alive for a big payoff and as if he were their only grandchild opening Christmas presents for the first time their cameras were ready to freeze that moment of joy forever. You’d expect now to hear a story of tears and heartbreak because you probably know this was the end of Lost in the Fog’s winning streak, roughed up at the start and wide on the turns it was too much to overcome in a sprint.
Deflated, fans gathered around to console Nick and officially welcome him to the club. The club of big hits and just misses. There were no tears, Nick picked up the racing form and moved on to the next race brushing himself off the way a big leaguer does after being knocked to the ground by a high and tight 90 MPH fast ball.
The morning of our big trip, I remember watching Nick sleep curled up under the covers, a deep worriless little boy sleep. Like all 11-year-olds, waking up for school was as much fun as a visit to the dentist. I gently nudged him first, “Nick” I whispered, but he burrowed deeper under the covers so I gently pulled the covers down and said “Nick, there’s no school today.” “Hmm” he uttered. As his eyes began to open to those words I unveiled two tickets to the Breeder’s cup and said “Nick, there’s no school today, where going to the Breeders Cup.” Instantly surprise and joy swept across his face the way it does for the first time looking out the window on a winter morning, snow falling, blanketing the world and knowing there is no school today.
An Unexpected Journey Into Horse Racing, By Bunny Hinzman
At nine years old my love for Thoroughbred horse racing began with an unassuming twenty-four year old Thoroughbred gelding. Today, Polka is approaching thirty-two years and I am a seventeen year-old preparing for college.
The years between have been a journey; a discovery of an unexpected passion, a love. During this time, I have become a published writer. My work appears in the International Racehorse Magazine, Keeneland Magazine, Illinois Racing News Magazine, on America’s Best Racing, and my own blog, “Bits N’Bunny,” which has garnered over 100,000 visits. Last year, my article “The Lasix Legacy” received a final nomination and Honorable Mention from Team Valor International’s Stanley Bergstein Award, and in April 2013 I was chosen as Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder’s Association Member of the Month.
It is not uncommon for people to ask, “How did you become so interested in horse racing?”
My unlikely story sparks curiosity from people both inside and outside the horse racing industry. I live in the non-racing state of Georgia. I wasn’t raised around horse racing. My family had no interest in the sport. In fact, they initially discouraged my interest.
My family boarded two horses at a pasture facility outside of Atlanta. Polka had been a life-long resident there, even when his owner had moved out of the state. As time passed, caring for Polka became part of our regular routine during visits. Polka, the only surviving twin at birth, was undersized and never made it to the track. I fell in love with a horse, even when I had no awareness of his “breed.” But two things happened that changed everything. Polka’s relocated owner sent me his papers. Then, a fellow boarder at the farm generously gifted me with a Blood-Horse Stallion Register. Thus, began my never ending journey into the world of Thoroughbred pedigree research.
When I wasn’t studying for school, I was studying Thoroughbreds. I needed to know every detail about my beloved Polka’s genealogy. I obsessively searched the internet and buried myself in books I borrowed from the library and books kind friends would share with me. It wasn’t long before I completely memorized the Stallion Register from Afleet Alex to Zanjero.
It was of no consequence to me Polka was an undersized twin who never made it to the track. He was a brilliant son of Dancing Count out of the Porterhouse mare, Pojarsky. I was enthralled by the triumphant stories of Native Dancer, his grandson Northern Dancer, and the great broodmare, La Troienne. My book shelves overflowed with horse racing publications, and my bedroom walls became wallpapered with great racehorses. Eventually, my parents bought a small farm where my Polka – the blood of the legendary Native Dancer – lives and breathes feet from my bedroom window.
Shortly thereafter, in the fall of 2009, my parents had finally succumbed to the fact horse racing was here to stay. For my thirteenth birthday, they surprised me with a planned trip to the opening weekend at Keeneland’s Fall Meet. Despite the sodden weather, my passion for the sport multiplied by a thousand. To experience horse racing’s grandeur and tradition first-hand was exhilarating.
There I discovered I was not alone in my passion for the sport of horse racing. A day at the races allowed people to make memories, passed down through generations. Families reunite annually to camp out rail-side in folding chairs nestled among the early birds to watch the morning works.
Kentucky is the true epicenter of horse racing industry. The state’s citizens take great pride in the tradition of the sport. Kentucky sets an example that all other state’s work to achieve. Since my inaugural visit to Keeneland, I have returned to Kentucky countless times, not just for racing but for the auctions and farm visits that bring me closer to my passion. Ultimately, Kentucky is the home of the Thoroughbred; the home for my heart.
To read more great articles from Bunny Hinzman visit her blog at Bits N’ Bunny http://www.bitsnbunny.com/
Bunny Hinzman is a contributing writer to The International Racehorse Magazine,and her work is also published in Keeneland Magazine. Besides authoring “Bits N’ Bunny” she writes a blog on America’s Best Racing. Bunny’s article “The Lasix Legacy” received afinal nomination and Honorable Mention from Team Valor International’s 2012 Stanley Bergstein Award.
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