Del Mar to Match CARMA Funds Starting at Upcoming Meet

by | 07.08.2013 | 3:20pm

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) have announced a new matching funds program beginning with the upcoming 2013 race meeting at the seaside track opening on Wednesday, July 17.

Del Mar has agreed to match the funds contributed voluntarily by owners during its race meet. In 2013, the track will match 50% of those donations and will increase that support to 100% starting in 2014.

CARMA, a 501c3 non-profit, raises money for retired Thoroughbred racehorses who have raced in California. It has a seat on the NTRA Safety Alliance aftercare subcommittee, which works toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired racehorses and also is a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

“Del Mar is proud to support a leader in the Thoroughbred retirement community by making this contribution to CARMA,” said Joe Harper, Del Mar's president and CEO. “We are committed to the health and welfare of our equine athletes when their racing careers are over and we believe CARMA will be able to use these additional funds to help many of the horses who have raced at Del Mar.”

Since 2008, owners have contributed more than $1.4 million to CARMA and to the retirement of off-track Thoroughbreds through a voluntary 0.3% contribution from their purse earnings. Because of this support, CARMA has been able to grant that full amount to accredited 501c3 non-profit charities that care for, retire and re-purpose former runners.

“Through the years Del Mar has been a very strong supporter of CARMA and we are so grateful to Joe and the entire Del Mar team for making this additional commitment,” said CARMA founder Madeline Auerbach. “While owners have to be responsible for their horses, it is important for the racing community to support one another and this is an excellent example of that.”

CARMA is run by an independent board of directors and is responsible for hosting fundraising events and educating owners and trainer about equine retirement, as well as working to unify the industry in support of retiring equine athletes. Additional information about CARMA can be obtained by visiting their website —

  • ziggypop

    Bravo! It is freaking time every entity involved in breeding, selling, racing of these athletes starts stepping up to protect the horses.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Just Beautiful!!!…

  • betterthannothing

    Fabulous idea. We can always count on Del Mar to be innovative. Still, owners have to be responsible for their horses.

  • Richard C

    While other track owners slice corners for additional profits and whine as if they are one day away from going bankrupt….the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club shines a light on doing things right.

  • Guy Fleegman1

    Not a fan of Del Mar Management…but this is a home run! Well done.

  • michael blowen

    Congratulations to everyone involved. We’re very lucky to take care of some of the great runners that impacted California racing: Early Pioneer, Futural, Kudos, Special Ring, Arson Squad, and those that passed on and are buried here at Old Friends: Noor, Precisionist, Fraise, Jade Hunter, The Wicked North and Ruhlmann. We need a CARMA in Kentucky.

    • betterthannothing

      Would you like a piece of turfmeetthesurf pie?

  • Guest

    Great to see Del Mar doing what Santa Anita has been doing the last few years. There is never enough to take care of our former runners.

  • Delrene

    Great news!!! So come on owners….. Contribute to the max for these incredible athletes that deserve a great retirement.

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