Brad Holsclaw, a longtime friend, born and KY raised, and I (Hank Nothhaft) had been looking for an opportunity to partner on a race horse in order to enjoy the camaraderie and excitement of thoroughbred horse racing. Late last fall, Phil Schoenthal, a successful trainer, based at Fair Hill Training Center approached us with the opportunity to partner with him in a Keeneland September Sale purchase.
We all agreed on a “deal” and the partnership was born. Our filly is by leading sire Munnings out of War Front mare named Quargent. Another plus was her VA breeding, as we participate in the VA Certification program and race at Colonial Downs. We believe Donate Life was purchased at a bargain price during one of those holes in the market that occurs during all major auctions that span a number of days.
Phil was designated to name our new filly. The name Donate Life was born. Per Phil, “Having a child who received a life saving heart transplant, we always strive to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation programs.” This name made us even more anxious for “Donate” to be successful to support our higher mission to generate some positive awareness for these worthwhile programs.
Donate Life has trained forwardly since shipping into Fair Hill Training Center. Donate Life has not missed a day since arriving and earned her gate qualification without difficulty. As the first two year old races became available, it was clear Donate Life was fit and ready to go. Of the several options available, Keeneland was chosen as the most attractive locale to debut. Keeneland’s Spring Meet provides a global stage for the horse racing industry.
Donate Life is entered to run at Keeneland May 28th is Race 2, a 4.5 furlong dirt sprint with 12 entries and an $80,000. Based on her encouraging work tab at Fair Hill, Donate Life was assigned 6:1 Morning Line Odds. In advance of the race, we have been in touch with #donatelifeKY, brainstorming to see how Donate Life can generate awareness before and after the race. Stay tuned.