The Jockey Club Launches Thoroughbred Placement Program

On May 16 The Jockey Club announced the launch of Thoroughbred Connect, a free online service designed to assist with placement of Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing or breeding careers.

A component of The Jockey Club's interactive registration, Thoroughbred Connect enables registry customers to express their willingness to be contacted by the possessor of a horse in the event the horse is in need of placement. Using Thoroughbred Connect, those interested in providing assistance or aftercare can attach their name and contact information to a horse's electronic records within The Jockey Club's database.

Similarly, a person who is seeking placement for a Thoroughbred in his or her possession can log into Thoroughbred Connect and request the contact information attached to the horse. The possessor of the horse may then contact that prospective owner directly to perform due diligence and discuss potential arrangements to transfer the horse.

"With broad participation, Thoroughbred Connect will cast a wide net and help ensure that more Thoroughbreds are properly cared for in a safe environment," said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. "This platform provides an easy and convenient way for those with the means, capacity, and desire to help any horse they have owned, admired, or connected with over the years.

"Thoroughbred Connect is a natural extension of our ongoing effort to enhance the safety and welfare of Thoroughbreds and leverages our database and easy-to-use technology platform," Gagliano continued. "We encourage owners to use Thoroughbred Connect and make others aware of it."

In 2009 The Jockey Club implemented a voluntary retirement checkoff program that enables owners and breeders, at the time of foal registration, to support the retirement, retraining, and adoption efforts of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).

Through its commercial subsidiaries The Jockey Club has supplemented checkoff contributions with an annual donation of $100,000 to each organization and, including its donations in 2011, will have contributed $300,000 to each. Funds from The Jockey Club are directed specifically to TCA's Thoroughbred retraining and adoption initiatives and to TRF's vocational training programs at correctional facilities.

Additional information about Thoroughbred Connect and the retirement checkoff program is available through The Jockey Club registry's website at Thoroughbred Connect is accessible directly at

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