Racing for Home via Zilla Stable

Hi, I am Mike Piazza, founder of Zilla Racing Stables (ZRS).  Two years ago I retired Easy Street, the first horse that I owned before starting ZRS to Racing for Home.  

Racing for Home is a certified 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to retraining and rehoming OTTBs, and to date, over twenty horses have been part of this program.

Founded in 2009 by Acacia Courtney, Racing for Home is a family owned not-for-profit. They use highly trained staff members, veterinary experts, and experienced trainers as part of its operation. They have a keen understanding of horses whose injuries require time and patience. Each animal is unique in his or her recovery and transition time.

Acacia is very involved in the horse racing industry, and works as the paddock analyst at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, and also works for various bloodstock agents at horse sales around the country.

Racing for Home is managed by Acacia’s mother, Sherrie Courtney, who is a life-long equestrian and well experienced in transitioning OTTBs from the racetrack to a second career.

Many horses that have come through Racing for Home have been adopted into loving homes, but many more have become permanent members of the family and Racing for Home will care for them for the rest of their lives.

Sherrie and Acacia recently adopted two of ZRS's retired thoroughbreds, Firestar and Zigmund. We follow their progress and daily activities via the frequent updates posted on Sherrie's Twitter page. It is clear that these horses have become members of the family. The abundance of love and affection they receive is heartwarming to me and every member of ZRS. 

Racing for Home relies solely on private donations and occasional grants in order to function.

For those who seek to donate to an equine charity, we highly recommend Racing for Home. 

All funds will go directly to the charity's PayPal account. 

  • Preston Ward 
    • $100 
    • 40 mos
  • Christy Benes 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $150 
    • 45 mos
  • Aaron Armstrong 
    • $75 
    • 47 mos
  • dennis oneill 
    • $300 
    • 48 mos
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Mike Piazza 
Hamden, CT
Racing for Home Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.