05/21/2013 1:29PM

DRF partners with Penn National to raise funds for Thoroughbred aftercare


Daily Racing Form will partner with Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course to raise funds for three equine aftercare organizations on Penn Mile Day, Saturday, June 1, at the track.

Daily Racing Form has donated black and red hats with its distinctive logo, along with copies of Brad Free's Handicapping 101: An Introduction to Betting on Horses. The items will be available for $15 each at kiosks for three aftercare organizations - the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER)-Pennsylvania; New Vocations Racehorse Adoption; and ReRun, Inc.

Proceeds from sales will benefit those organizations, and Penn National will also donate a total of $10,000 to the three groups.

Additionally, Metro Meteor, known as the "Painting Racehorse," will take residence in a portable stall on the Penn National apron area during the card, and 50 of his “Metro Mini” paintings will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to New Vocations.

Metro Meteor, a 10-year-old City Zip gelding, earned nearly $300,000 on the track, finishing his racing career in 2009 at Penn National for Renpher Stables. The gelding was adopted by Ron and Wendy Krajewski and spent two years in a second career as a riding horse before knee problems surfaced. Ron Krajewski later taught Metro Meteor to paint by holding a brush in his mouth. To date, paintings by the gelding - who has developed a huge fan following - have sold for a combined total of more than $32,000, with half of the proceeds going to benefit New Vocations.

The live racing card on June 1 is highlighted by the inaugural running of the $500,000 Penn Mile, the richest race ever run in Central Pennsylvania. The one-mile turf stakes for 3-year olds is expected to attract some of the best sophomore grass runners in the nation. The card will also include the $250,000 Mountainview Handicap for 3-year-olds and up on the main track; the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup for 3-year-olds and up sprinting on the turf; the $50,000 Penn Dash for sprinters 3-year-olds and up; and a pair of $60,000 six furlong dirt sprints for Pennsylvania-bred or Pennsylvania-sired horses. It will be the richest day of racing in the 40-year history of Penn National.