NJ owner wins SRF raffle for trip to Paris
December 15, 2015
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The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) very popular raffle of a trip to the Prix d'Amerique was won by Joseph Walsh of Secaucus, NJ. "Are you kidding?" was his response. The news took a few minutes to become real for the New Jersey racehorse owner.
The trip includes 5 days and 4 nights in Paris, a fabulous event through Equitours that starts on Jan. 28, 2016, and includes a tour of a training center, races at Vincennes, cocktail parties, a Parisian tour and much more.
Walsh is a long time supporter of SRF and said he never expected to win. Part of a group of owners at Fly by Night Stable, their trainer is Tom Fanning, who stables at Gaitway Farm in Manalapan, NJ.
The raffle is a very important fundraiser for SRF. It helps to board, feed, and care for the 208 Standardbreds presently in SRF's care, of which 131 are assumed retired for life due to age or injury. SRF is the only Standardbred charity managing this large number of horses, is dedicated solely to the breed, and helps trotters and pacers regardless of age or likelihood of adoption. Already in its sixth year, support of the Prix race raffle is greatly appreciated by the 26-year-old organization. (Standardbred Retirement Foundation)