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Prix d'Amerique Trip Winner Announced

Published: December 16, 2014 4:08 pm ET

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Officials with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation have announced the winner of the organization’s trip for two to the Prix d'Amerique.

The winner of the trip, Kelly Neely of Florida, had a great answer when the SRF called and asked, "How are you today?" Her answer, "I'll be doing better when you tell me I won the trip to the ‘Prix.’" And that is exactly what Tammy Hollock, SRF's Administrator, said.

Neely had a few questions about the big win, and one was, "Can I bring my horse?" After the excitement settled a bit, SRF learned that Neely has one horse racing right in her own backyard in Pompano, Fla. When the SRF asked "Do you own any racehorses?" Neely replied with, "Yes, Mighty Nice." Mighty Nice is her six-year-old pacing mare by Camluck. Neely was happy to share that she had just won and earned a lifetime mark of 1:53.2.

SRF's fundraising raffle is very popular and very important, as it helps feed and care for the 198 Standardbreds in its care, all hoping for homes, of which 125 are unattractive to adopters due to age or injury.

SRF doesn't limit entry to only adoptable horses, as very few come off the track because they are just too slow. Many have chronic or acute injuries or are old campaigners that have served well and need retirement, as was the case with Shot Gun Wedding, who came in just a few days ago at the age of 13. This is why SRF has pastures full of trotters and pacers passed over by potential adopters due to age or injury and depends on fundraising support such as from this raffle.

All 198 horses send a holiday ‘thank you’ to all of their supporters of the Prix raffle and hope for continued support in a few months when another fabulous event will be up for grabs, the Elitlopp in Sweden where people crowd the streets in excitement and cheer on the show, the horses who gives us this great sport.

Congratulations to Kelly Neely who is rushing at the moment to renew her passport and deciding who will be her lucky partner to accompany her to Paris.


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