Counting our blessings.

Tranquility Farm thanks the Thoroughbred Owners of California CARMA fund for the wonderful support we received in the form of an annual grant that was awarded to us yesterday at Santa Anita Park. The contributions of California owners to the CARMA fund will help us tremendously in the coming year as we are caring for over one hundred horses on this busy little farm, with horses waiting in the wings. Owners are realizing in ever-greater numbers that with just a little help and planning, life after racing can be very good for the horses. To all who support, we thank you!

We would also like to thank all the wonderful individuals who sent donations and goodwill to Tranquility Farm this holiday season for their kindness.There are carrots in their feed tubs every day thanks to you folks!

Today is the Gr. 2 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita, and as we thank our wonderful supporters we also remember the accomplishments our retiree Denied, who ran third in the San Gabriel Handicap in 2003. After racing thirty one times and retiring at age ten with earnings of $434, 674, Denied depends entirely upon the contributions of charity to insure his retirement. Here is a perfect example of why we need a community fund to care for horses at the conclusion of their racing careers. I wish there was a way to explain to Denied how many wonderful people are standing behind him today, but since he is a horse I guess we will just have some more of those Christmas carrots, and once again, send out a big thanks to all of our supporters.