NETRC Accepts 100th Retired Racehorse

The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center (NETRC) in Deerfield, N.H., has announced the arrival of its 100th retired racehorse, Alex's Hope. A five-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, standing 17 hands tall, Alex's Hope last raced at Penn National Racecourse in Grantville, Pa., on January 12. He is by the 2002 stallion Afleet Alex and out of the Slew o' Gold mare Vikki Slew. Alex's Hope retired after only nine starts as a maiden in 2011 and 2012.

The NETRC rehabilitates, retrains, and rehomes Thoroughbred ex-racehorses throughout the United States. In 2011, the organization achieved a 120% adoption rate by placing 30 Thoroughbreds in approved homes while maintaining an average herd size of 24. Prospective adopters are required to submit an adoption application, provide references from veterinarians and horse industry professionals, and agree to regular monitoring that includes updates with photographs every four months. NETRC plans to expand its program through the acquisition of additional land adjacent to its facility and by establishing new facilities in Virginia and Florida.

The NETRC is funded by donations from within the racing industry. The organization receives donations from Thoroughbred owners and trainers with each Thoroughbred it accepts. The facility also derives revenue from the collection of fees with its adoptions. In 2011 NETRC received grants from Thoroughbred Charities of America and Blue Horse Charities. The organization regards itself as a model for Thoroughbred retirement within the racing industry and does not promote itself as a rescue facility.

The facility is licensed by the state and the Thoroughbred horses in its care are inspected by the New Hampshire State Veterinarian. Financial documents are available to the public on

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