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Stable That God Loves Comes To An End

Published: January 23, 2018 10:27 pm ET

Last Comment: January 31, 2018 3:01 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The final chapter in The Stable That God Loves, a harness racing public relations and fundraising initiative to support the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada, was written into the record book at season’s end on a spectacular high note.

A potent force for good since its inception on January 1, 2015, the program quickly captured the imagination of horsepeople and produced a groundswell of support from those who had a collective sense of purpose to help their own.

In 2015, the owners of 75 horses (including 15 stakes winners) won 125 races and $4.9 million campaigning at 32 racetracks, with one percent of that amount pledged by their owners to support the work of the non-denominational Chaplaincy dedicated to providing for the emotional and human needs of the horse racing workforce in southern Ontario.

The stable quickly attracted mainstream-media attention, drawing national television coverage, social media and general exposure in major daily newspapers and major horse racing websites.

It was named one of the top news stories of 2015 by TROT Magazine, and stables big and small named their trotters and pacers to the stable. Some owners pledged all of their horses, a gesture that spoke volumes for the tremendous support of the program. Chatham-horseman Steve Calhoun and Prince Lee Acres-owner Norm Clements, along with Brampton’s Michael Guerriero topped that list.

Some of the swiftest and most durable horses ever to look through a bridle, including millionaire stakes-winners: Steve Calhoun’s co-owned Betting Line, John Craig’s Luck Be Withyou, Ed James’ McWicked, Michael Guerrierio’s Charmed Life, Rob and Wayne Giles’ Sunfire Blue Chip and Mac Nichol’s thoroughbred, Madefromlucky, called The Stable That God Loves their home.

Other Stable stalwarts: Elegant Serenity, Nvestment Bluechip, Shake It Cerry, Reverend Hanover, Rockin With Dewey, and a host of 164 other horses produced victories and dollars to help horsemen in need.

During the past three years, The Stable That God Loves has chalked up an impressive record of 408 wins, 342 seconds, 289 thirds and $12,733,948 in purse earnings, campaigning at 20 United States and 11 Canadian racetracks. Thanks to the benevolent owners of the 167 trotters and pacers one percent of that amount will support the vital work of the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada.

The Stable That God Loves program was managed by Norm Clements, Ken Middleton, Dr. Roly Armitage, Harry Rutherford and Bill Galvin.

(With files from The Stable That God Loves)

January 31, 2018 - 3:01 pmWhat am I missing here? Why

What am I missing here? Why in the world would the plug be pulled on something as good as this? Is Ken Carter not the recipient of these donations? Like WOW. Why would the plug be pulled on this GREAT plan?

January 24, 2018 - 8:25 pmWhy has it come to an end?

Diane Currie SAID...

Why has it come to an end?

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