A growing list of prominent owners, trainers and jockeys are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its 10th year, the Pledge has raised over $550,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts.
“I’ve been a longtime supporter of New Vocations as aftercare of retired racehorses is extremely important to me and they do a great job,” said owner Mike Repole. “Having Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic is very fortunate and joining the pledge is my opportunity to give back. Our number one responsibility as owners is to take care of all these amazing horses.”
“I’m delighted to support the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge as its only right that we look after our racehorses like they look after us when we race,” shared jockey Sophie Doyle. “I personally own a retired racehorse and know it’s crucial that they receive proper aftercare to ensure a happy second career.”
To date, 50 Championship contenders with prominent connection have pledged a percentage of their Breeders’ Cup earnings. Pledge participants include Leigh Anderson-Butler, Bethlehem Stables LLC, Bob Baffert, Calumet Farm, Cheyenne Stables, China Horse Club International Ltd, Crawford Farms, Sophie Doyle, Donegal Racing, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, John D. Fielding, Gatsas Stables, Golconda Stables, Haras D’Eterham, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, Michael M. Hui, Hinkle Farms, Erik Johnson, JSM Equine LLC, Eddie Kenneally, Klaravich Stables, Robert V. LaPenta, Little Red Feather Racing, LNJ Foxwoods, Lawana and Robert Low, Madaket Stables LLC, Richard Mandella, Graham Motion, MyRaceHorse Stable, Jorge and Jen Navarro, Todd Pletcher, Ashley Quartarolo, R.A. Hill Stable, Ron Paolucci Racing LLC, Repole Stable, SF Bloodstock, Mike Smith, St. Elias Stable LLC, Starlight Racing, Stonestreet Stables, The Elkstone Group LLC, Three Diamonds Farm, John Velazquez, West Point Thoroughbreds and WinStar Farm.
“During a time when our industry is under a microscope, we are proud to spotlight all the owners, trainers and jockeys who truly care about the welfare of their horses and are pledging their support of New Vocations aftercare efforts,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “Funds raised through the Pledge are vital as the number of horses needing our rehabbing, retraining and rehoming services continues to grow. The Pledge is a win-win situation for all involved, most importantly the horses we all love so much.”
New Vocations will continue to seek pledges from connections until November 2. All Pledge information can be found at www.newvocations.org.
About New Vocations: Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 7,000 individuals, serving nearly 500 horses annually. With facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New York, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. Newvocations.org