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Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:48

Bocelli, Flay Top TRF 30th Anniversary Spring Celebrations

By Staff Report | News

A rare opportunity to spend an evening with Andrea Bocelli, the greatest classical tenor of his generation.

A chance to meet and mingle with superstar chef Bobby Flay at his own Manhattan restaurant.

Even a casual stroll in historic Saratoga Springs to sample local food and wine.

All three upcoming events will be offered soon, and all will benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) as it celebrates in 30th anniversary.

The TRF, a non-profit organization, came into existence in June 1983. Since then, it has succeeded in finding homes for more than 4,000 Thoroughbred horses after their racing careers ended. Based in Saratoga Springs, the TRF is funded by donations, with 83 percent of each dollar going directly to horse care and adoption programs.

On Thursday, June 13, Andrea Bocelli will perform at the Times-Union Center in Albany on one of his final performances before heading back to Italy for a European tour. Born with poor eyesight, he lost his vision completely after a football accident at the age of 12. Bocelli, however, was also born with a passion and enormous talent for music. He began studying piano at age six and later on learned to play flute, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and drums. It is his voice, however, that has catapulted him to international fame.

Special TRF tickets for Bocelli’s performance at the Times-Union center range from $600 (best floor seating) to $300 (mid-bowl seating) and include admission to pre-concert cocktail party at 6 p.m., as well as a post-concert gathering where Bocelli himself will greet the attendees. A portion of each ticket will be donated to TRF, and tickets may be reserved by calling (518) 226-0028, or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Downstate, on Thursday, June 6, Bobby Flay will become the third recipient of the TRF’s Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Champion Award, which is given annually to an individual for outstanding efforts and influence on the welfare, safety and retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses. The presentation will be made at Flay’s Bar Americain restaurant, 152 52nd Street in New York City. The party will feature "The Foods of Bobby Flay," as well as an auction of select stallion seasons.

Tickets for the event, which will also benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation are $400 and may be reserved by calling (518) 226-0028, or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This event, supported by the New York Racing Association, will be held two days before the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

Closer to home, on Wednesday, May 29, the TRF offers Saratoga Sip & Stroll from 6 p.m.—9 p.m., where people can sample wine and food offered by more than 20 downtown restaurants. Advance tickets are $20, or $25 on the day of the event.

For more information on these events and other TRF happening, please call (518) 226-0028, email TRF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out the TRF page on Facebook (Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Inc.)

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