TRF Stars Quick Call, Forbidden Apple Honored On Opening Weekend At Saratoga

Quick Call and Forbidden Apple, two star racehorses who have long been leaders of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s herd, will be feted with respective stakes races named in their honor on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, as Saratoga Race Course opens the gates on its 2019 season.

The Grade III, $100,000 Quick Call Stakes for three-year-olds at five and a half furlongs on the turf will be co-featured on Thursday, July 11th’s Opening Day card along with the 101st running of the Grade III, $150,000 Schuylerville for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the main track. Eleven are entered for the Quick Call – Releasethethunder is entered for the main track only – which will be the ninth of a 10-race card. Post time is 5:51 p.m.

Inaugurated in 2008, the Quick Call Stakes was named after the multiple graded stakes winning gelding who scored nine of his 16 career victories at the Spa. Trained by Hall of Famers Sid Watters, Jr. and Warren”Jimmy “Croll, Quick Call finished fifth in the Saratoga Special in 1986, and went on to win nine races there from 1987-1990 including the Forego in 1988 and 1989. His missed a third Forego win by a nose in 1990.

Quick Call retired in 1992, having made 86 starts and earning more than $800,000. Now 35 years old, he is the oldest of the 650 horses cared for by TRF. Quick Call lives at the Wallkill Correctional Facility near New Paltz, NY. There, he became a vital part of the TRF’s Second Chances program, which uses former racehorses to not only teach equine care as a vocation to inmates, but also lessons in trust, responsibility and mutual respect. Founded at Wallkill in 1984, Second Chances is now offered in seven states.

Also on Thursday, TRF staff will be at the track’s Community Booth, where they will be available to sell TRF merchandise, accept donations and talk about the TRF’s work as the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred rescue and re-homing organization. The Community Booth is located just beyond the horse path, inside the East Avenue/Union Avenue entrance to the grandstand. It is to the right, behind the Jockeys’ Room/Silks Room.

Previously run at Belmont Park, the fifth running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes for older horses at a mile on the turf will be run at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 12. The day’s feature race is named for turf specialist and multi Grade I-winner Forbidden Apple, who now resides at the TRF’s Second Chances Farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility near Ocala, Fla.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Forbidden Apple’s record was 8-6-9 from 31 starts. Now, 24 years old., the son of 1981 Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony earned more than $1.6 million on track.

Also known for big finishes, former New York Yankees ace closer Mariano Rivera, “The Sandman,” will be at the track on Friday as he makes a stop on his way to induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on Sunday, July 21.

“Mo” is the only player in baseball history to be voted unanimously into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers of America. From 1995-2013, the native of Panama City, Panama was a 13-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion – he was the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player – and is Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in saves (652) and games finished (952). At the recent annual Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, the 49-year-old Rivera hit an inside-the-park home run.

Also to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the 49-year-old Rivera are: pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay, third baseman/designated hitter Edgar Martinez and pitcher Mike Mussina, who was Rivera’s teammate on the Yankees from 2001-2008.

Pitcher Lee Smith and outfielder/coach Harold Baines were also elected to the Hall of Fame but by The Today’s Game Era Committee, who made their selection from a ballot of retired players and non-playing personnel who made their greatest contributions to the sport after 1987.

Admission to Saratoga Race Course is $10 for clubhouse and $7 for grandstand..Children 12 years and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. On Race Days, General Admission Booths at all Gates are Cash Only. Credit cards are only accepted a the Box Office at Gate A or the Will Call Window at Gate B or Gate D. Gates open at 11 a.m.

Any guest entering Saratoga Race Course for Breakfast and staying for live racing must exit the park at 10:30 am, to purchase General Admission or present their pre-paid ticket at the Admission Gates for entrance.

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