Although the track is closed for training, the New York Racing Association hasn't forgotten about the permanent residents of the Oklahoma backstretch at Saratoga. The Brooklyn Backstretch blog reported this week that NYRA, together with local volunteers, are working to keep the track's barn cat colony fed and cared for despite the impressive snow totals.
The Moore Foundation, founded by Thoroughbred owners John and Susan Moore, funds the supplementary food provided to the cats by volunteer Michele Jennings, while Quaintance House provides medical care when needed. NYRA recently informed the group it will continue its contribution to their efforts, covering 25 percent of The Moore Foundation's costs.
Jennings reported that the cats are tolerating the cold winter well, and are clever about burrowing in empty stalls and lofts to keep warm. They do need more calories to maintain their temperatures, so all are receiving wet and dry food each day at several feeding stations around the backstretch.
The Oklahoma is set to reopen for training next month, weather permitting.
Read more at Brooklyn Backstretch
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