02/12/2014 10:43AM

Novelist to donate profits from latest book to Thoroughbred aftercare


Novelist Merle H. Horwitz has announced that he will donate all profits from the sales of his latest mystery novel, “Winners,” to the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER), an aftercare organization dedicated to re-homing off-the-track Thoroughbreds.

Horwitz, 84, grew up in Pasadena, Calif., near Santa Anita Park. In his writing, he combines the knowledge gained from his lengthy legal career with his lifelong love of horse racing.

“Whether it be the sheer pleasure of watching Thoroughbreds run or the inspiration they provide to me as I put pen to paper, they have given to me in many ways throughout my life,” Horwitz said. “Now I’d like to do something to give back to these magnificent athletes. This way, we can all contribute.”

“Winners” is the latest installment in Horwitz’s Harvey Ace series, following the novels “Dead Heat” and “Bloody Silks.” In this latest installment, protagonist Ace becomes entangled in a political scheme as his Thoroughbred, Winning Silks, is preparing to return to the races following an illness.

“We are extremely grateful to Merle Horwitz for choosing CANTER as the charity to benefit from the nationwide promotion and sales of ‘Winners,’” CANTER Executive Director Nancy Koch said. “Donating all profits to charity is extremely generous. Since CANTER has no paid staff and all donations are spent to transition Thoroughbreds, we believe this program can help a lot of racehorses, so we are just thrilled!”

To learn more about the Merle H. Horwitz Racing Donations program or to purchase the novel, click here.