A group of about 30 people from the Fayco group enjoyed a day with the horses on Monday. Fayco is an organization that provides help and services for developmentally challenged individuals. They do a wonderful job and it was our privilege to have them at the track. A nice lunch and some up close and personal time with the horses created smiles from all who were there, including us. A special thanks to three of our horsemen who brought horses to the paddock for the group to see up close.
Long time trainer John Mahn passed away yesterday at the age of 79, one day before his birthday. John was one of our first trainers back in the early eighties. He was a dedicated horsemen for some fifty years.
He is survived by Sharon and sons John Jr. and Matt. Per John’s wishes there will be no service and he will be cremated.
John will be missed by many horsemen and friends.
As you know our R.A.C.E. program is involved with a wonderful horse program at the Vandalia Correctional Facility. We now have a working ranch with twenty horses and inmates getting a second chance to begin a new life.
The inmates in the equine vocational program have been enrolled in the Groom Elite Program with Dr. C. Reid Mclelland and I’m thrilled to report that our first class of six offenders have graduated with above average scores and received their certificates. Upon their release they have been cleared to apply for an I.R.B. license by the Illinois Racing Board. We are already working on finding trainers in Chicago and downstate who are willing to hire these men as qualified grooms.
We are so thankful to the I.D.O.C. led by Director S.A. Godinez and especially the officials at Vandalia including Warden Victor Dozier, Assistant Warden of programs Lashonda Cameron Assistant Warden of Operations Roger Moss , Vocational State Director Kathleen Mattingly and our Equine Coordinator Jessie Maske.
About 15 of the clients from the workshop for development disabled residents of this area visited the Okaw Saddle Club northwest of Vandalia.
There, they got to see, and interact with, horses that are part of a new program at Vandalia Correctional Center.
Jessie Maske, instructor for the new equine management education program at the prison, and Kathleen Mattingly, state vocational coordinator for the Illinois Department of Corrections, brought the horses to the saddle club for the outing.
Kim Taylor, executive director for FAYCO, said the idea for the outing came from a member of the 377 Board at the workshop.
John Daniels Jr. approached her about something like this, and his wife, Brenda, contacted Maske about getting the equine program at the prison involved.
“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” Taylor said.
“We are trying to expose them to what’s in the community, and we really just want them to interact with the community,” she said.
“We want them to learn about stuff that they have never been exposed to,” Taylor said.
“This past week, they have been learning about horses, so they would understand them a little bit better and know more about them before they actually saw them,” she said.
Taylor is hoping that this outing leads to others.
“We’re hoping that others see this and come forward with some things that we can do for and with our clients, that it makes them think, ‘I’ve never thought of doing something like that,’” she said.
Mattingly said the IDOC staff was more than willing to be a part of the outing.
“They’re able to pet the horses and feed them, and just have some interaction with them,” Mattingly said.
Getting the retired thoroughbreds away from the prison grounds, she said, “is a way of us giving something back to the community.”
Currently, the equine management education program at VCC has 18 inmates working with horses.
Through the Second Chance Ranch at VCC, which was set up with the help of R.A.C.E. Inc. and Fairmount Park, inmates at the prison can learn skills that they can use once they are released back into society.
Former trainer Don Menshouse who trained Susie Circle has passed away. Don was known for having a high winning percentage during his career.
Thanks to Bill Bishop for bringing this to our attention.
Obituary for Joseph Randazzo, Jr.
Mr. Randazzo was a race horse owner, truck driver and member of Teamsters Union Local 618.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Rose Marie, nee Benigno, Randazzo Sr.; a daughter, Tammy, nee Randazzo, Cox; and his siblings, Rosemary Randazzo, Mayme Williams, Frank Randazzo, Frances Miller, Patricia Wray, and Sam Randazzo. He was a dear father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Surviving are his children, Teddy Randazzo of Lebanon, Ill., Joseph (Sherry) Randazzo III of Wentzville, Mo., Angela (Lance) Stockinger of Arnold, Mo., and Diane Randazzo of Pontoon Beach, Ill.; his best friend and ex wife, Bernice Randazzo of Pontoon Beach, Ill.; brother and sister, Nick Randazzo of Bizmark, Mo., and Florence Bowling of Farmington, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Canter Illinois-Retired Race Horses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.sunsethillcemetery.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Cargon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the funeral home. Interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Ill.
Donald W. Liechty, DVM of Wood Dale Donald W. Liechty, DVM was born October 3, 1950 in Decatur, IN to E. Gordon and Myrtle (nee Kolb) Liechty. He died August 4, 2013 at his home in Wood Dale. Don graduated with a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He was a graduate of South Adams High School in Berne. During his career, Don also practiced in North Carolina and Bennington, VT. He loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters and his children. He also loved to travel and scuba dive. He was on the Board of Directors for Galloping Out, Thoroughbred Rescue Fund. Don is survived by his daughter Caitlin (Joshua) Zahn of Aurora; son Joshua Liechty of Wood Dale; sisters Sharon (James) Vanlandingham, Columbia City, IN; Susan (Raymond) Christian, North Judson, IN; brother Michael Dean Liechty of Geneva, IN; granddaughters Cheyenne and Savannah Zahn of Aurora; nephews John (Amy) Kolb of Kouts, IN; Michael (Lauren) Liechty of Converse, IN; Brandon (Jazmyn) Liechty of Berne, IN; Matthew (Andrea) Christian of Goshen, IN; Benjamin (Beth) Christian of Indianapolis, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and E. Gordon Liechty; maternal grandparents Titus and Priscilla Kolb and paternal grandparents Robert U. and Emma Liechty. Visitation Wednesday August 7, 2013 from 3 PM until the time of funeral service at 8 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (four blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights. Interment private.