Inside Aftercare

Inside Aftercare is a weekly feature in the BloodHorse Daily focusing on new aftercare initiatives and off-track Thoroughbred stories.

Rider Teams Up With 73-Start Warhorse for 2018 Makeover

A hard-knocker who gave his all on the track, Saratoga Boot earned $267,372 in his 73 starts. Racing from ages 2 until 10, the gelded son of Storm Boot compiled an impressive 16-10-13 record. Not wanting to see the horse break down, trainer Eddie Clouston retired him after he ran fourth in a claiming race in October at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort.... Read More

TIP Youth Ambassadors Share Their OTTB Enthusiasm

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program Youth Ambassadors are a special group of young off-track Thoroughbred supporters who want to share their passion for ex-racehorses with the equestrian world. Twelve individuals are selected each year to help promote the T.I.P., which encourages the retraining of OTTBs for other disciplines. While a love of the breed unites the... Read More

Former Breeders' Cup Runners Enjoy Second Careers

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Three years ago at the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships, a gelding named Cary Street flew three wide around the final turn of a 1 3/4-mile event, came storming into the Santa Anita Park stretch, and pulled away from his competition to register a 9 1/4-length victory in the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon Stakes (G2). "I claimed him for $10,000 (in February of 2013) and I... Read More

OTTB Honored for Police Work, Community Service

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Often we hear stories of off-track Thoroughbreds winning hunter/jumper classes, competing in the upper levels of eventing, and even taking home prizes in barrel racing competitions, but it's not as common to see them become police mounts, typically a job that's reserved for warmbloods or draft crosses. One such off-track Thoroughbred is SSO Valor, who has been a part of the... Read More

Jockey Megan Fadlovich Sees Upswing in OTTB Market

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Jockey Megan Fadlovich attended this year's Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America without a mount. The rider, who has earned more than $4.7 million in her career to date, helps retire racehorses when she's not busy at the track. Although she's currently recovering from an injury incurred in a spill at Presque Isle Downs , Fadlovich came to Kentucky... Read More

Celebrity Saratoga Snacks Garners Attention for ReRun

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Even though the primary goal of the 21-year-old ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption is to find second careers and new homes off the track for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, the organization gets significant attention from a few of its permanent residents. One of the most popular is Saratoga Snacks , who won almost $700,000. The New York-bred son of Tale of the Cat was previously... Read More

Caribbean TB Aftercare Assists Puerto Rico Horses

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Both the human and animal population of Puerto Rico are struggling to regain their footing after the island was pounded by Hurricane Maria Sept. 20. Many are scrambling to secure food, water, electricity, and signals for mobile phones, and included in the chaos are approximately 950 horses at Hipodromo Camarero. One 501c3 charity, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, is trying... Read More

Inaugural Real Rider Cup Raises Funds, OTTB Awareness

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Racing and three-day eventing are separate sports requiring different skills and training methods, but the one thing that's needed to succeed in both is serious athleticism. One newly created event is trying to bring the eventing world and the racing world closer together, and celebrate the one breed with endless athletic talent: the Thoroughbred. Earlier this year, the Plantation... Read More

New Vocations/TIP Championship Show Brings OTTBs to KY

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea More than 250 off-track Thoroughbreds descended on the Kentucky Horse Park's Rolex Stadium in Lexington Sept. 8-10 as part of the first-ever New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show/Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships. With 253 competitors from 22 states, the show was up 138 entries from last year's two-day New Vocations show. "It was amazing. (Entrants) came from everywhere... Read More

'War Horse' Crushing Blossoms in Show Ring

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Georgia Keogh was pleasantly surprised in 2015 when her father James Keogh, who owns Grovendale, casually mentioned he had a horse arriving for her one day. When the gray gelding got off the trailer, Keogh was immediately enamored with the son of Giacomo , who caught her father's eye two years earlier at Parx Racing . "It was kind of by chance," Keogh said of how she ended... Read More

RRP Makeover Data Reflects Larger OTTB Population

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea The Retired Racehorse Project released data this month on its 509 off-track Thoroughbred entrants for the upcoming Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America Oct. 5-8 at the Kentucky Horse Park. RRP's Steuart Pittman said the 500 horses are representative of the larger population of U.S. Thoroughbreds who are retired from racing but are not being used... Read More

Breeder, CARMA Liaison Team Up to Retire Filly

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea When Rachel Masen took a trip to Kentucky for the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover event last October, she didn't know she'd be leaving with a request from a Kentucky breeder to help locate a horse back out west. A lifelong racing fan, Masen wanted to visit historic Calumet Farm on her trip. While taking a tour of the Lexington operation, she spoke with Calumet... Read More

PETA-Proposed AmTote Tech to Raise Aftercare Funds

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea A new concept initially proposed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals seeks to raise funds for Thoroughbred aftercare through donations made via on-track wagering terminals. The idea was announced Aug. 12 at The Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. "This new technology interface has the potential to provide... Read More

Bridges to Second Careers: Certifying OTTB Trainers

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea A solution to help off-track Thoroughbreds find forever homes is having them undergo training in another discipline, preferably with an experienced professional. While the kind of training depends on many factors, including a horse's soundness and willingness, having a solid second career foundation on an OTTB can help make them more marketable to people shopping for pleasure... Read More

Brazilian Horse of the Year Enjoys New Jumper Career

The latest addition to Xin Xu Lin's resume came just a few years ago, when the Brazilian champion arrived at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2013 and met his new owner, Kasia Jaskowska, who adopted him as a jumper prospect. But before he made it to his current home in Columbia, Md., he did a bit more traveling around the globe.... Read More

Racing NSW Buys Property for OTTBs Through Welfare Fund

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Racing NSW, the regulating body for Thoroughbred racing in New South Wales Australia, announced July 22 that it has purchased a 2,600-acre property in Capertee for the purpose of rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming off-track Thoroughbreds. However, the organization aims for the property to be more than just an aftercare facility, and hopes it will become a larger tourism... Read More

New Initiative Shifts Equine Welfare Conversation

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea The words used when Thoroughbred aftercare is discussed may not paint an accurate picture of what actually happens when a horse leaves the track. While arguing semantics about off-track Thoroughbreds may seem unimportant, one group views changing the conversation as a major piece of the larger equine welfare puzzle. "Currently people just talk about 'horse rescue.' When you... Read More

The Future of Aftercare Funding: An OTTB Subsidy

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea Two major questions arise when horses first retire from racing: where will they go, and who will fund the next chapter of their lives? For individuals not cut out for the breeding shed, welcomed home to a private farm, or placed into a program to be purchased for a second career, the future can be dicey, especially since these horses are no longer earning a paycheck. While... Read More

Western Riders Combat Stigma of Riding Thoroughbreds

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea "Thoroughbreds are too high-strung." "Thoroughbreds have horrible habits from being in so many places." "Thoroughbreds are too big and can't make tight turns." Those quotes are just a sample that riders of off-track Thoroughbreds have heard while revealing their mounts' former lives. But those who know the truth about riding OTTBs are trying to change that perception of the... Read More

Social Media Communities Fuel the OTTB Movement

With more than 54,000 members, OTTB Connect is one of the largest horse-related groups on Facebook. From something that started as a place to buy and sell off-track Thoroughbreds, the group's creator and current administrator has seen it transform into a large community where off-track Thoroughbred lovers share stories, educate one another, and even organize efforts to get horses out of bad situations.... Read More

CANTER PA Promotes Rider Education Through Scholarship

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea The Pennsylvania chapter of the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) recently awarded $500 scholarships to three off-track Thoroughbred owners in the Mid-Atlantic region to further promote their riding and training education. The awarded funds for the Becky Julian Scholarship are to be used for training purposes, including riding lessons, clinics... Read More

New Organization Connects Aftercare Dots in Maryland

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea If you're an owner or trainer in Maryland with a racehorse that needs to retire and you have no connections in aftercare or other equine disciplines, where do you turn? A new organization is aiming to be the answer. The Maryland Horsemen's Association, the Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Thoroughbred Breeders Association, local jockeys, and other racetrackers saw a need to help... Read More

TRF Fundraising Initiative Gives Ownership Feel

By: Erin Shea, @BH_EShea An initiative launched by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation gives donors an opportunity to help provide for the care of a former racehorse while getting the feel of horse ownership without the added responsibilities. If a donor chooses to become a sponsor, which starts at $250, the TRF will send regular updates on the horse and may allow visits as well, depending on the... Read More

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