Turning For Home presented the winner’s blanket to Briana Gonzalez and her 20-year-old Thoroughbred, Front Page News, in the featured $1,500 Hunter classic on Sunday, October 21 at the Fall For Horses Show. Also making headlines were Turning For Home graduates Just Turn West, Ruffles and Ridges, E Street Shuffle, Longing for Lori, Reward the Lady and Fiftytwoweekhigh.
The Fall For Horses All-Thoroughbred Show was sponsored by Second Call, a new Thoroughbred retirement organization that hopes to find home for the Monmouth Park and NJ retirees.
“We gladly jumped in to sponsor the Hunter Classic, as we are strong proponents for all racetracks stepping up to the plate and helping their own, as we have successfully done at Parx Racetrack,” said Turning For Home Program Administrator Barbara Luna. “Each time we can all get on board and promote the advantages of adopting a Thoroughbred, as we can do so well at the all-Thoroughbred horse shows that have become so popular in the last year, we are helping to move more horses into second careers, allowing for many more to come into our program from the racetrack, and get the rehabilitation and retraining they need to become adoptable.”
Just Turn West, now known as Ever So Clever, won two jumper classes, while Ruffles and Ridges, who had been retired by Freddy Velazquez over two years ago as an eight-year-old earner of over $300,000, entered the War Horse in Hand class, two dressage classes, and made his biggest score showing up dressed as Barbaro in the costume class!