Commentary: New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge a Success
Coolmore partners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith matched a previous pledge made by Jack Wolf and Donnie Lucarelli's Starlight Racing. The ownership groups campaign Shanghai Bobby, winner of the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
Esther Marr, staff writer for The Blood-Horse, follows up on Breeders' Cup participants' pledges to support Thoroughbred aftercare. Share your thoughts on Esther's blog at BloodHorse.com.
New Vocations, which I have highlighted several times in the past on this blog, has received some exciting results from its 2012 Breeders' Cup Pledge, with more than 17 owners or partnership groups and five trainers committing a portion of their horses' Breeders' Cup earnings to the non-profit organization's mission to rehabilitate, retrain, and re-home retired racehorses.
"We definitely had more pledges this year than any other year," said program director Anna Ford, adding that around $50,000 had been raised from the pledge thus far. "This was the first time I had people calling us, up to the day, saying they wanted to pledge. I've never had that happen; I'm normally the one making all the phone calls, so that was good."
Ford said oftentimes owners whose horses did not receive any Breeders' Cup earnings will still send New Vocations a check following the event, which accounts for some additional funds in the coming months.
This is the fourth consecutive year New Vocations has sought pledges during the Breeders' Cup. Prior to the event, owners and trainers are given the option to contribute anywhere from 0.5% and upwards from their horses' earnings during the World Championship races.
One recent addition to the donor list is Coolmore partners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, who matched a previous pledge made by Jack Wolf and Donnie Lucarelli's Starlight Racing. The ownership groups campaign Shanghai Bobby, winner of the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Ford also noted that Aron Wellman's Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners should be highlighted for pledging the earnings of all three of its Breeders' Cup starters: In Lingerie (ninth in the Filly and Mare Turf, gr. IT), Tara from the Cape (fourth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, gr. IT), and Capo Bastone (third in the Juvenile, gr. I).
Other major New Vocations contributors include Padua Stable and Richard Santulli, who co-campaign Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) runner-up Dust and Diamonds.
"When we retire our horses, they usually go on to a new foundation...and over the years I've supported New Vocations because Anna does a very good job with a limited budget," said Satish Sanan, owner of Padua.
Added Sasha Sanan, racing manager of Padua, "We've had a long, great relationship with New Vocations. We've supported them as a charitable cause for quite a few years--since the early 2000s. We think they do a best-in-breed job of rehabilitating horses...not just for new vocations after their lives at the racetrack, but also properly vetting and following up with the adoption individuals. They also do the best job fiscally in terms of horses adopted per dollar, so we're big fans of their organization. It's a no-brainer for us to support them in this fashion and we think its money well spent."
Here's a full list of all the owners (and their horses) and trainers that contributed to the 2012 New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge:
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
- In Lingerie--9th in the Filly and Mare Turf
- Tara From the Cape-- 4th in the Juvenile Filly Turf
- Capo Bastone--3rd in the Juvenile
Rick DeNardo, MD
- Duhallan--9th in the Turf
- In Lingerie
- Tara From the Cape
Padua Stable and Richard Santulli
- Dust and Diamonds--2nd in the Filly and Mare Sprint
Off the Hook LLC
- Turbo Compressor--12th in the Turf
Starlight Racing Stable/Mrs John Magnier/ Michael Tabor/ Derrick Smith
- Shanghai Bobby--1st in the Juvenile
- Justin Phillip--4th in the Sprint
- Fast Bullet--6th in the Sprint
- Jaycito--11th in the Marathon
Sisters in Racing
- Romp--8th in the Marathon
- Oscar Party--14th in the Juvenile Filly Turf
West Point Thoroughbreds
- Belle of the Hall--4th in the Filly and Mare Sprint
Bradley Thoroughbreds and Michael Kisber and Nelson McMakin
- Watsdachances--2nd in the Juvenile Filly Turf
- Sum of the Parts--4th in the Sprint
- Balance the Books--3rd in the Juvenile Turf
- Summit County--12th in the Juvenile Turf
- Chad Brown
- Eddie Plesa
- Todd Pletcher
- Doug O'Neill
- Kairan McLaughlin
Originally published on BloodHorse.com.
About the Author
Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.