The leaders of the Maryland Standardbred racing industry teamed up to provide support to their fellow horsemen who were impacted by the horrible fire at Classy Lane Farm in Ontario. The CSOA and MSBA each contributed $1000.00 each and Rosecroft Raceway, a Penn National Gaming Company matched those donations by contributing $2000.00 was mailed from the Maryland Standardbred Horsemen’s Assistance Fund on February 10, 2016 to the Classy Lane Barn Fire fund.
“The Classy Lane Farm fire is a nightmare every horseman must fear. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and we wanted to show our financial support to our fellow horsemen who were devastated. We are also grateful for Penn National Gaming matching our contributions and for their expression of support to the Standardbred industry,” said Thomas Cooke, President of CSOA.
MSBA President Dan Myer stated, “Our hearts just break for our fellow horsemen who were impacted by this tragic event. Our industry has never failed to rally around our fellow horsemen when someone is faced with tragedy and I am pleased we can play a role in helping. It is refreshing to see breeders, horseman and a racetrack come together for such a worthy cause.”
A video tribute to the equine lives lost in the fire at Classy Lane Stables. A GoFundMe Campaign can be found at http://weg.bz/supportclassylane, created by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), has been set up to support those impacted by fire.