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Friday, September 30, 2011

Do You Know Someone Worthy of Nomination for the RTCA's 2011 White Horse Award?

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is looking for nomination's for this year's White Horse Award, which will recognize a racing-related heroic act on behalf of human or horse, occurring since September 30, 2010. Nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2011 to the RTCA National office.

The RTCA’s White Horse Award is given annually to a racing related horse person judged to have performed the most heroic act on behalf of human or horse. It is presented at the White Horse Heroes Luncheon, held at the host track of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, two days before the year-end series of championship events.

The nominator must provide contact information for the nominee,and a detailed description of the basis for the nomination. Eyewitness accounts, testimonies, and any other supporting information are encouraged. RTCA staff and council members are not eligible.

If you would like to submit a nomination for the RTCA's 2011 White Horse Award, please either fax it to (859) 219-1424 or email it to And please include a 2011 White Horse Award Nomination Form, which can be found here.

The White Horse Fellowship, which elects the winner, is composed of individual and corporation partners who rank among the industry’s best-known leaders. They value the contribution our unheralded workers make to the racing industry and are concerned citizens and proactive residents of racing’s global backstretch village. Each believes in the RTCA’s mission to provide for their spiritual, emotional, physical, social and educational needs and have decided to take a leadership roll in not only honoring those workers, but providing direct assistance.

This year's White Horse Award will be presented at the annual White Horse Luncheon slated for Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m., in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at legendary Churchill Downs. This year’s featured speaker is Bill Casner, owner of 2009 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed.

Also, the annual Community Service Award will be presented to the National HBPA for its service to horsemen across the nation and its widespread support for racetrack chaplaincies. Moreover, a special tribute will honor the late Chick Lang, affectionately known by many as “Mr. Preakness,” for his impact on that annual event during his career at Pimlico from 1960 to 1987.

According to retired jockey Pay Day, who co-hosted the awards ceremony in 2008-2010, “I think it’s God’s plan that every day someone does something heroic on a certain level.”

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