News, Events and Appearances

Thursday, December 9, 2021
It's that time of year! The party is here!
Thursday, November 18, 2021
November 18, 2021: (Lexington, KY): The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Nov. 18 that $3.7 million will be awarded as grants to 82 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The temperatures have already begun to drop, the blankets are coming out and the hay trucks and being summoned...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
TEF's Golden Years Program for mares 20+ continues to receive funding from BEWF, along with several other equine charities.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The Exceller Fund takes great prides in providing quality care to the horses in the program and is extremely proud to be among the elite in Thoroughbred aftercare.
Monday, July 15, 2019
View our 2019 Summer Mailing here!
Sunday, July 14, 2019
BEWF has approved a grant to continue funding toward our Golden Year's program, which supports retired broodmares (20+ years).
Monday, July 1, 2019
Article from the Daily Racing Form. Written by Jay Hovdey.
Friday, December 28, 2018
In Memory of Exceller’s and Seattle Slew’s Greatest Race
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
With so many mouths to feed this holiday season, we are reaching out to you for your support as the winter months quickly approach. Cold weather always means an increase in feed bills, and this year will undoubtedly be no different! Any contribution is greatly appreciated!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
All donations will be MATCHED! Monthly pledges will be MATCHED and DOUBLED for one year!
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The story of Rachel Alexandra. Proceeds from this book to benefit TEF!
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Exceller Fund prides itself on providing quality care to the horses in the program and is extremely proud to be among the elite in Thoroughbred aftercare.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
With the help of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Racing Warriors Sweetlandofliberty and Rodriguito have found a safe haven with TEF after surviving two hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Puerto Rican Horses Heading Stateside for Retirement - A small handful of the approximately 800 horses at Hipódromo Camarero are in the process of being moved from the U.S. territory to the states for retirement from racing, some going to permanent homes and some going to Thoroughbred retirement organizations.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
“Aftercare initiatives are, and should always be, an essential part of our business planning regardless of geography,” said IFHA Vice Chairman Jim Gagliano, also vice president and chief executive officer of the Jockey Club, in opening a panel on Thoroughbred aftercare. “If we hope to prosper as an entertainment option, we need others to know that we’re taking good care of our horses.”
Saturday, July 8, 2017
TEF's annual Christmas in July is back! JJ's the Boss and his friends have setup their farm stands with various trinkets including NEW pine cone ornament, racing plates from famous friends of theirs, vintage race photos, holiday cards, and racing themed books to help JJ raise the funds he needs to get a ride to OK so he can join TEF's Operation Therapeutic Warrior and get his shot at becoming a therapy horse for at-risk youth and veteran programs.
Friday, May 19, 2017
“As much as I love the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, I love the horses even more,” Zipse explained. “It's only natural for me to be involved in helping them after their racing careers are over. In fact, I think it is my duty to give back to the magnificent creatures that give me so much joy throughout my life. I believe everyone involved in racing should want to do something -- the collective little bit of help would go a long way.”
Friday, May 12, 2017
Spec was recently diagnosed with a keratoma which needs to be surgically removed or it will continue to grow and impact his quality of life.
Friday, April 7, 2017
On April 7, 1997, the life of Exceller was extinguished. Read more...
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Join TEF at Circle H Stables in Oklahoma City where our Operation Therapeutic Warrior program is based and learn all about this exciting new venture!
Monday, March 13, 2017
TEF is thrilled to have Alex join our herd with the help of an emergency transport grant from the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund!
Monday, December 5, 2016
After 132 starts, TEF is proud to offer this Racing Warrior a secure future.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Help Citizen John reach his destination with TEF before the holiday season!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
TEF's newest intake dodged a brutal ending when a woman from NC fell in love with his photos online and intervened to save his life.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Click to view TEF's Famous Forelocks necklace featuring hair from World Champion stallion CURLIN and other wonderful items being offered through this special venue to support the horses of TEF and many other great organizations.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
TEF has been awarded grant funding along with several other Thoroughbred aftercare facilities across the country.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A stakes placed T’bred who’d earned north of $350,000 during a lifetime spent racing, stood tied to a meat truck; his head hung in defeat.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
TEF partners with the new "Hooves on the Ground" program by providing Racing Warriors to work with Veterans.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Learn what it means to be TAA accredited!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
BALTIMORE - The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that a community-wide fundraising effort helped raise more than $65,000 for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) during the Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Daily Racing Form in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be publishing a new annual Magazine to increase awareness of the TAA’s mission and its ongoing efforts to support Thoroughbred Aftercare on a national level and in Canada.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Join us and celebrate the ASPCA's Help a Horse Day along with several other organizations across the country!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
TEF President, Gary Contessa, is among many TB trainers supporting the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and providing for OTTBs after their racing careers.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
"Moneighs from ReRun" is generously offering the proceeds from one of their auctions (beginning Jan. 8) to additional charities, The Exceller Fund and Aikendale Horse Rescue.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Exceller's Fund's newest equine resident is twenty-one year old Sonofaqueen, a Racing Warrior that escaped a brutal fate, from the New Holland kill pens.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has awarded their 2014/2015 grants to accredited organizations across the country, including TEF!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Exceller Fund is launching its Famous Forelocks fundraiser with the online auction of its first ever Famous Forelocks necklace featuring hair from the Hall of Fame champion stallion A.P. Indy.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Melissa Bauer-Herzog features The Exceller Fund in her Aftercare Blog.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
We are thrilled to congratulate Great Cross and 2013 membership drive drawing winner, Holly W., on their victory in the 8th race at Gulfstream park on February 12th!
Thursday, January 2, 2014
With the help of a past owner, Victorious Recall is now a permanent resident of TEF's retirement program.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Secret Santa, put on by Special Horses, has been a huge success this year with your generous support and the help of!
Monday, October 7, 2013
September 28th was an extremely emotional day for TEF. We celebrated Toast to Exceller and we said goodbye to our son of Secretariat, Verifiable.
Friday, October 4, 2013
10% honorary ownership of Great Cross has been awarded to one very lucky TEF Member!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The membership drive drawing video has been released!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The filly offered by Contessa Racing as a part of the Membership Drive promotion is entered in her first race!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
TEF's new intake, the 18 year old PA kill pen rescue, has arrived safely at his new foster farm in VA.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Exceller Fund celebrates the 35th anniversary of Exceller's Jockey Club Gold Cup win with a Toast to Exceller on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
TEF's stakes winning grandson of Exceller is in need of your help!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Exceller Fund (TEF) recently announced that Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has awarded a grant of $3,000 to the organization dedicated to the dignified retirement of off the track Thoroughbreds.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Brennan Equine Welfare Fund assists TEF with the care of 2 geriatric OTTBs through the Golden Years Fund by awarding a grant for $1500.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
TEF has received a grant for $10,000 in order to take in 5 more horses over the next 12 months.
Monday, July 1, 2013
TEF saved a son of Strike the Gold during a late night rescue from a PA Kill Pen just before he was shipped to slaughter.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
The 3 year old Thoroughbred that was literally a paperwork error away from the slaughter pipeline now has a bright future with TEF!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The little abandoned horse found starving in a field by pipeline workers has made a full recovery and will live out his Golden Years with TEF volunteers at Tarjeta Ranch in OK.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Special Photo Auction beginning April 15th at 10AM EST through April 21st 10PM EST To honor Almata, daughter of Exceller. Auction proceeds will go to the GYF. Photos were donated by a very special friend of Almata and TEF.
Friday, April 5, 2013
It's finally here! The Racing Warrior Campaign Video.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Flashy Gray is a gorgeous three-year-old filly by Flashy Bull out of Pleasure Cat by Cat’s Career.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
A very happy birthday to our very special Irish horse, Bayamo, born March 17!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Thank you to everyone who were able to "attend" our 2nd annual "Stay at Home" Holiday Party. It was once again, a huge success!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
We want to wish a very Happy Birthday to all of the Thoroughbreds turning another year older...
Sunday, December 30, 2012
ALMATA Exceller- Aloma by Native Charger March 1982 – December 2012 Dear Supporters of...
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Racing Warrior, Raw Roy, gets his very own person for the holidays...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
While it is not the mission of TEF to get directly involved in political matters as an organization, we do urge everyone to educate themselves on slaughter issues.
Friday, December 7, 2012
After being found emaciated alone in a field without much grass and little water, Pipeline Harvey joins TEF's foster farm in OK for the remainder of his Golden years.
Monday, December 3, 2012
SOLD OUT - Celebrate your OTTB's accomplishments and support OTTB rescue!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Exceller Fund is the new home of Verifiable, the 27 year old son of Secretariat.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Another Racing Warrior joins The Exceller Fund ( with the help of the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program, Adena Springs, Blackwood Stables (Versailles, KY), and the ASPCA.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
These four designs were created from the "Christmas in July" hat photo contest winners!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Join Team TEF and ATFL by Sponsoring our team or becoming a participant and recruiting pledges to help us earn more!
Friday, August 17, 2012
This year Pat DeLong's Horse Racing Champions series calendars benefit OTTB rescue.
Friday, August 17, 2012
TEF is thrilled to have the ASPCA's support in order to Provide a Future Beyond the Finish Line for Racing Warriors for the second consecutive year as a part of the Million Dollar Racers Initiative.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
We now have five fun colors to choose from!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Joe the racehorse.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Susan Salk reports on The Exceller Fund's very own, Glo Most Hot. A MUST read!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
We are pleased to announce the winning Horses and Hats that will be used on the Holiday cards for this year! Details about the cards will be coming soon... So, please stay tuned!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Once again, the ASPCA has come through for these special equine athletes by giving TEF a grant to support four Racing Warriors for a full year. Won't you join them?
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Things are really heating up this summer as temperatures are reaching and even exceeding the triple digit mark around the country. What better time to focus on wintertime traditions than during the hottest time of year!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A horse in our program can be cared for a mere $5/day. With as few as 2000 $5 donations, the ENTIRE Exceller Fund herd would be taken care of for an entire month, including their farrier needs! Won't you help by making a $5 contribution today?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
On April 14, 2012 at the lovely Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association held its first horse show introducing many talented off-the-track Thoroughbred’s who are registered with The Jockey Club. sport of hunter/jumper, these fascinating equines are...
Friday, April 6, 2012
Bidding starts Monday, April 9nd, at 10:00 am EST and ends Sunday, April 15th, at 10:00 pm EST
Saturday, March 17, 2012
TEF teamed up with the ASPCA to help 60 local Oklahoma horses in addition to the Exceller horses assisted in OK.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
You have all heard the comment from busy people that says, “We have been putting out fires around here all day!” Well, our foster farm family at Circle E Ranch in Stroud, Oklahoma has literally done just that last weekend.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Please join us for our "Stay at Home" Holiday Party this year!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
During Thanksgiving week, Beasley will be running a fundraising advice column on the Special Horses website to support several non-profit equine groups.
Friday, September 16, 2011
A huge thank you to the ASPCA!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Help us raise funds to pay for a semi-load of hay!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tractor Supply Company – Pet Appreciation Day August 6, 2011   We need your help!!  On August 6, 2011 Tractor Supply Company is hosting a nation wide Pet Appreciation Day...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tractor Supply Company has teamed up with and local rescues to help promote adoption!
Friday, May 6, 2011
Twelve-year-old Cool Selection hit the Triacta when three organizations in two countries got together to ensure he enjoys the dignified retirement he deserves after a successful career which saw him earn $705,000 at the track
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
You have four opportunities to enjoy some good food and help The Exceller Fund horses at the same time!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
This year spread the joy of the holidays by giving the gift of life.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Once again, Pat DeLong has offered to help the horses of The Exceller Fund by creating these amazing calendars full of your favorite horses from the past year. Christmas is coming up soon and they make WONDERFUL gifts, so don't forget to get one for your friend(s) as well as yourself!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
With all the excitement and “feel good” emotions generated by the new movie “Secretariat”, it’s hard to imagine that the fate of many of his descendants can be so precarious.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
What an exciting and powerful combination – Thoroughbred racehorses and teenage boys!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Stop by and see us!
Friday, May 28, 2010
Be sure to become one, this is where we post most of our updates!
Friday, March 12, 2010
With tremendous sadness Cynthia Fleming notified the Exceller Fund that her wonderful Forty-Five was euthanized because of injuries suffered when he was struck by a car after the curious gelding wandered out of his paddock.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Although our retired Thoroughbreds are thriving in this unusually rough winter, the Exceller Fund hay budget is suffering.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Exceller Fund President Gary Contessa, whose rapport with racing organizations and fellow horsemen generates thousands of dollars for the Exceller Fund, will be a guest on the “View From A Broad” radio talk show on Thursday February 18. More information is available at
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Exceller Fund President Gary Contessa, one of the nation’s leading trainers, recently participated in a live chat via the Internet on the New York Racing Association’s website. You can read the chat here!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Jet Prospector, a fighter on the track against his rivals and in retirement against various health problems, was euthanized in early January because of severe laminitis. Laminitis, a painful ailment in which the soft tissue in the hoof becomes inflamed sometimes causing the bone to rotate, is the same foot ailment that claimed the life of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Still holiday shopping? The Exceller Fund has a few unique horse racing “fantasy” calendars by artist Pat DeLong. Scroll down to November 21 news item for more details.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Exceller Fund accepted our newest horse, an unraced two-year-old gelding, who will spend the winter healing from minor surgery at our Badgad, Kentucky facility. This friendly bay was in pre-race training, but was such a poor racing prospect that he never was given an official name. He will be evaluated for riding in the spring.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Bryan’s Account and Our Son Rob, who have been with the Exceller Fund for a number of years, displayed wonderful temperaments when placed in steady retraining this year and Our Son Rob strutted his stuff for a crowd at the Kentucky Horse Park’s annual Adoption Day.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Jane Patton reports that Carson City Kid is a star in the hunter show ring, especially when he has an audience and is a barn favorite. Jane adopted Carson City Kid, who turns 16 in March and raced a remarkable 119 times, two years ago.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Pat DeLong's HorseRacing Fantasy calendars are back again this year and luckily for all of us... More calendars were ordered than in previous years and so there are still some available!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The Exceller Fund has reached a milestone in its program with the most number of horses ever and the most amount of donations ever raised in a year...
Friday, July 31, 2009
(July 31, 2009) WASHINGTON—The Humane Society of the United States released a national list of humane resources for horse owners making end-of-life arrangements for their equine companions.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Gary Contessa, one of the nation’s leading Thoroughbred trainers, has been named president of the Exceller Fund...

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