Lexington, Ky. – November 3, 2016 – A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championship purse earnings to support the program’s mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. Now in its seventh year, the Pledge has raised over $380,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s aftercare efforts.
“WinStar Farm is happy to participate in the pledge again this year. We’ve worked with New Vocations for a while now because they believe in ensuring the top care and opportunities for a racehorse to have a second career. Aftercare is a very important topic, and I hope more owners and trainers will consider making a pledge,” said Elliott Walden President and CEO of WinStar Farm.
To date, 45 Championship contenders have owners and/or trainers supporting this year’s Pledge. The list includes Good Samaritan, owned by China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock and WinStar Farm; and the amazing comeback mare Lady Eli owned by Head of Plains. Additional owners and trainers taking part in the Pledge are Al Shaqab Racing, Bob Baffert, Gary Barber, Chadds Ford Stable, Donegal Racing, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Jay Em Ess Stable, Klaravich Stables, Sol Kumin, Let’s Go Stable, LNJ Foxwoods, Thomas Morley, Graham Motion, Doug O’Neill, John Oxley, Todd A. Pletcher, Joe Sharp, R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbreds Racing, Kathy Ritvo, Allen Rosenbloom, SF Bloodstock, Sheep Pond Partners, David Simon, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Treadway Racing Stable, Jan Vandebos-Naify, Adam Wachtel, Dave Weaver, West Point Thoroughbreds Inc. and Winstar Farm LLC.
“We are truly blessed to have such a great list of owners and trainers who understand the importance of Thoroughbred aftercare. Funds raised through the Pledge are vital as the number of horses needing our services continues to grow. The more money we raise, the more horses we can serve. The Pledge is a win-win situation for owners, trainers and the horses we all love so much,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director.
New Vocations will continue to seek pledges from additional owners and trainers until November 4th. All of the Pledge information can be found at www.newvocations.org/breeders-cup-pledge/
New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, the program works directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare for their horses. New Vocations leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses a year. The focus is on adoption verses retirement as the solution for a large number of horses leaving the track. Through education and adoption, each horse gets a purpose and a home.