My 8-year-old daughter, Sophie, is a very generous soul. She’s always willing to give her money to those in need, donate clothes that no longer fit her to Goodwill, and on rare occasions, reluctantly part with a toy or two:
Sophie: I think that someone would really like to have this Barbie.
Me: Sophie, that particular Barbie doesn’t even have a head!
Anyway, a few weeks ago she announced that she wanted to cut her hair and donate it Locks of Love. Sophie has beautiful thick blond hair; women attempt to simulate her naturally highlighted hair by spending hours with their chemist, er I mean hairdresser, and treating tresses with smelly chemicals all for the cost of a winning superfecta wager.
Today was the day. Hair salon. Scissors. 12 inches of hair. Tears (me).
Sophie was very pleased and proud. And exceptionally happy that her little act was going to make someone else happy.
And maybe every now and then, we horseplayers and racing fans should participate in the little acts. The TBA contributes to the organization, Old Friends, and now Twinspires.com sponsors the Older Horse category in the TBA standings and donates to Old Friends as well to have their ad on the TBA blogs. Recently, Riding with Barbaro wristbands were sold for a couple of bucks to raise money for the Barbaro Lamintis Fund. If you missed out on the bracelet sales, you can always purchase some EquiPride and EquiLix horse supplements, assuming that you have a horse and you purchase the product via the internet, as SweetPro Feeds will donate a portion of the sale to the fund.
There’s the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund, which recently had a cash-flow deficiency and couldn’t meet the monthly stipend of $1000 to all of the disabled jockeys, and Edgar Prado, saddle in hand, came to their rescue. Got a ton of money and a yearning for art? ReRun, a horse rescue organization, auctions Moneighs on eBay to raise funds. Good pal, John of Not to the Swift fame recently posted an entry regarding the impending doom of the once-glamorous Hialeah Park and I’m sure there’s a group out there who is looking for some cash to save a bit of history.
Little acts. The cost of a $2 wager on the 6th race at Hollywood. A few dollars from a winning Daily Double wager. It will make you exceptionally happy.