Breeders' Cup Participants to Support Thoroughbred Aftercare

Some of horse racing’s biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

For the fifth consecutive year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is working with trainers and owners of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support the program’s mission to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. In the past four years the pledge has raised nearly $200,000.

"We are so happy to support such a great cause at this year's Breeders' Cup," said trainer Doug O'Neill who will start nine horses at the World Championships. "There are so many excellent Thoroughbred retirement and adoption organizations out there that care for these great athletes after their racing careers and it's our responsibility as trainers and owners to support their efforts."

To date 30 Championship contenders have owners and or trainers supporting this year’s pledge.

“To us aftercare of a Thoroughbred is just as important as racing them,” shared owner Justin Zayat. “We are horse lovers and when it comes to retiring them it is always our number one priority to find a good and safe home. There are no better people in the business to work with than New Vocations.” Zayat Stables pledged with all three of their contenders including Paynter in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses looking for new careers in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. Currently, the program leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 400 horses a year. The program has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. Their focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that retired racehorses that are physically able should have a chance to excel in a second career.

“We feel very blessed to receive so much support from the owners and trainers participating in this year’s campaign,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “The number of horses needing our services is huge and the funds raised from the pledges will help us continue to grow. It is fairly simple, the more money we raise the more horses we can take.”

The complete pledge list:

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

  • Ready to Act/ Klaravich Stables
  • Testa Rossi/ James Covello
  • Dancing House / Kiaran McLaughlin
  • Sky Painter / Kiaran McLauglin

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

  • Home School / Wonderland Racing /Doug O’Neill
  • Bashart / Rosedown Racing Stables / Todd Pletcher

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

  • We Miss Artie/ Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey / Todd Pletcher
  • Rum Point / Doug O’Neill
  • Havana / Todd Pletcher
  • Bold Holder / Doug O’Neill

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

  • Renee’s Titan / Doug O’Neill
  • Dance Card / Kiaran McLaughlin

Breeders’ Cup Turf

  • Twilight Eclipse / West Point Thoroughbreds

Geico Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

  • Capo Bastone / Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners / Todd Pletcher
  • Handsome Mike / Doug O’Neill

Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint

  • Fast Bullet /Zayat Stables
  • Justin Phillip / Zayat Stables
  • Laugh Track / WinStar Farm
  • Sum of the Parts / Klaravich Stables
  • Private Zone / Doug O’Neill

Breeders’ Cup Marathon

  • Suns Out Guns Out / West Point Thoroughbreds

Breeders’ Cup Classic

  • Palace Malice / Dogwood Stables /Todd Pletcher
  • Paynter / Zayat Stables
  • Game on Dude / Bob Baffert

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

  • Authenticity / Padua Stables /Todd Pletcher

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

  • My Conquestadory / Conquest Stables
  • Sweet Reason / Treadway Racing Stable /Leah Gyarmati
  • Concave / Doug O’Neill

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

  • Verrazano / Let’s Go Stable /Todd Pletcher
  • Goldencents / Doug O’Neill
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