Follow Mike and Jim’s Journey (and leave a little donation!)

MONDAY NOVEMBER 5 2018 – $55,000!


Through their efforts on the road to the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky, Jim and Mike raised over $55,000 to help LongRun’s retired racehorses. Jim, in an extremely generous gesture, pledged to match first $15,000, then $20,000 of your donations! We can’t express how grateful we are to Jim Phillips, his beautiful OTTB and to the many kind donors, listed below, who helped make the “I Like Mike” fundraiser such a huge success.


Denny Andrews + Lindy Barrow + Jorge Bernhard
Bridget Bimm + Nora Calhoun + Joseph Cass
Marv Chantler + Richard Colterjohn + Greg and Gail Cox
Dale and Sheri Crouter + Eurico Rosa Da Silva
Douglas and Debbie Dawson + Bill Diamant
Richard Donnelly + Laurie Edger + Exclusively Equine (Catherine Martin) + Michael Eves + Thoroughbred Fan Club + Mary Finer + Pat Gonsalves + Anne Green
Moira Gunn + Pamela Haessler + Marion Hawley
Peggy Higgins + Carol Hodges + Cindi Hunter
Dr. Ruth Irving + Joe Katz + Dorothy Kus + Irving Langill
Cathy Lesperance + Kenneth Lyons + Georgina MacIsaac
Suzanne Manning + Sheila McCracken + Anthea McGillivray + Brenda and Terry McKibbin + Sherry McLean + Terrance and Betsy Millar + Ross Millar
Jennifer Morrison + Wendy Muir + Mohawk Raceway Diagnostic Centre + Shawna O’Connor + H.B.P.A. of Ontario + Nicole Parkin + Donna Portree + Donna Ralph Patricia Riley + Stacey Roberts + Penny Robertson
Cathy Scime + Linda Shantz + Lynda Shires + Ann Marie Simone + Betsy and Arthur Sinclair + Hugh Sutherland + Frank Tucker + Paul Varty + Julie Wright



Photo Gallery of Mike’s two-days of competition at the THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER. The Photo Gallery courtesy of our friend JULIE WRIGHT, who was on hand to see the big guy and Jim do his thing! All photos on LATEST NEWS (see Tab above).

GOOD BOY! Jim Phillips and Mike on Friday at Thoroughbred Makeover – JULIE WRIGHT PHOTO

THURSDAY – OCTOBER 4, 2018 – Photo below from Wednesday Oct 3 of MIKE at Thoroughbred Makeover, schooling before the big events!


MIKE is in Kentucky and ready for his Showing Jumping class at the Thoroughbred Makeover Thursday morning! Friday he competes in Eventing! For more details, check out Latest News!

LATEST NEWS CLICK THE TAB TO SEE THE LATEST PHOTOS AND NEWS FROM MIKE’S TRAINING, plus the latest list of all of the generous donors!


MIKE and his owner JIM at PALGRAVE – Caledon Equestrian Centre – Aug 11-12 PHOTO BY BEN RADVANYI PHOTOGRAPHY

Thank you for joining Mike and his owner Jim Phillips as they make their way to the popular THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER COMPETITION, part of the RETIRED RACEHORSE PROJECT ( at the Kentucky Horse Park, October 4 to 7, 2018.

Jim wants to boost awareness of the amazing things  retired racehorses can do through this donation site.

Follow along and cheer on Jim and Mike with a donation to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society (

100% of all donations will go LongRun and Jim will generously match all total donations up to $15,000!

Jim acquired Mike, a beautifully bred, talented 5-year-old gelding, in the fall of 2017 and the pair are a special duo. Mike has taken to his new career of eventing with gusto!

“Mike is an extremely calm and trainable horse,” said Jim. “He responds very well to slow, repetitive training on the flat and over fences and has progressed continually through the spring of this year. 
Like many TB’s, strengthening his hind end takes time to allow him to progress.  He competed successfully in 4 events, 3 at entry level and one most recently at the Pre-training level. 
He has also shown successfully in the .9 meter jumpers at Caledon Equestrian Park (home of the 2015 Pan Am games) which is on the Toronto area A circuit.”
Will 'O Wind HT 2018
MIKE IN FLIGHT – with Jim Phillips at the Will ‘O Wind HT 2018

Jim and Mike will recognize donors on this site as well as provide photos and stories and updates as they train and  prepare for the Amateur Eventing competitions at the Thoroughbred Makeover.

CHECK OUT THE STORY OF MIKE AND JIM and other features from the Menu above!

(Thank you to Mr. Will Wong/Norm Files for photos of Mike as a racehorse)

Here is Mike and Jim’s Thoroughbred Makeover entry page

MIKE (#1A) won the first race of his career with an impressive stretch run at Woodbine in a maiden special weight race under jockey Gary Boulanger. This was on November 25, 2015 when he was a 2-year-old. Thank you to NORM FILES for the photo.