TCA Gets $7,520 from I'll Have Another Pedicure Fundraiser

The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will receive more than $7,500 as a result of a fundraiser leading up to I'll Have Another's attempt at winning racing's Triple Crown, which was cut short due to a tendon injury.

According to a June 21 TCA statement, the fundraiser began when Patti Davis, a Chicago, Ill.-based racing writer, and Jen Roytz, director of marketing and communications at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Ky. (home of I'll Have Another's sire Flower Alley), began encouraging people to paint their toenails purple in support of the colt's Triple Crown bid.

"The fundraiser took shape when (owners) Mr. and Mrs. Reddam, (trainer) Doug O'Neill's team, and (jockey) Mario Gutierrez pledged to donate $20 to Thoroughbred Charities of America for anyone who donned a purple pedicure and posted a photo of the pedicure on the I'll Have Another Pedicure Facebook page by midnight on June 9," the statement read.

Nearly 380 people posted photos of their purple pedicures to bring the total donation to $7,520.

"TCA greatly appreciates the support from everyone involved in the fundraiser," said TCA Executive Director Erin Crady. "From Patti and Jen's unique and creative idea, to the Reddams, Team O'Neill and Mario Gutierrez for pledging $20 to TCA for each pedicure, to the 376 men and women who posted photos: thank you."

Over the past 21 years TCA has distributed more than $18 million to more than 200 accredited charities that work to fulfill TCA's mission of providing a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, and research.

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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