New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced that over $40,000 was pledged by Thoroughbred owners and trainers during their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge fundraiser. Leading the extensive list of supporters were Tourist’s connections of WinStar Farm, Gary Barber and Adam Wachtel as well as John C. Oxley’s Classic Empire and trainer Bob Baffert’s Drefong and Arrogate. In total 44 Championship runners had owners and/or trainers who participated in the fundraising effort by pledging a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations’ mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. This was the seventh consecutive year for the pledge and over $420,000 has been raised to date.
“Winning a Breeders’ Cup race is something every owner dreams of doing. Tourist’s win in the Mile was an amazing feat and all the connections were happy to share the victory and give a portion back. Aftercare is a very important topic and New Vocations is doing an excellent job serving hundreds of retired racehorses every year,” said Elliott Walden, President and CEO of WinStar Farm.
“Classic Empire’s win of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was a thrill and a joy! Equally joyful to me was that it resulted in a contribution to New Vocations and the well-being of Thoroughbreds,” said owner John C. Oxley
The owners and trainers who supported this year’s pledge included Al Shaqab Racing, Bob Baffert, Gary Barber, China Horse Club, 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 C. Oxley, Todd A. Pletcher, Joe Sharp, R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbreds Racing, Kathy Ritvo, Allen and Leslie Rosenblum, SF Bloodstock, Sheep Pond Partners, SF Bloodstock, David Simon, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Treadway Racing Stable, Jan Vandebos-Naify, Adam Wachtel, Dave Weaver, West Point Thoroughbreds Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC.
“It’s very inspiring to see the support of the Pledge and our aftercare efforts grow each year. Our program relies solely on donations and grants so the funding this event raises is greatly needed and appreciated,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations’ Program Director.
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.