Breeders' Cup Participants Pledge to Support New Vocations
A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
For the sixth consecutive year, New Vocations is asking owners and trainers 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 five years the pledge has raised nearly $220,000.
“For several years New Vocations has given me piece of mind by providing a safe haven for some of my horses at the conclusion of their racing days,” said owner Michael Dubb. “New Vocations has always been highly professional, and I enjoy seeing photos years later of my former horses in their new homes and enjoying their new careers.”
To date, 36 championship contenders have owners and/or trainers supporting this year’s pledge. Trainers who have committed include:
- Bob Baffert,
- Graham Motion,
- Eddie Plesa,
- Todd Pletcher, and
- Kathy Ritvo.
Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC with Breeders Cup Classic contender Shared Belief and Micheal Dubb with Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender Belle Gallantey lead the long list of owners, who also include:
- Al Shaqab Racing,
- Jake Ballis,
- Bradley Thoroughbreds,
- Conquest Stables,
- Donegal Racing,
- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners,
- Jerry Frankel,
- Ronald Frankel,
- Jim and Susan Hill,
- Jay Em Ess Stable,
- Steve Laymon,
- Let’s Go Stable,
- Loooch Racing Stable,
- Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey,
- Siena Farm,
- Treadway Racing Stable,
- Stonestreet Stables,
- West Point Thoroughbreds, and
- WinStar Farm.
New Vocations will continue to seek pledges from additional owners and trainers until November 1st.
"Taking care of our horses once they leave the racetrack is very important to our partnership, which is why we are more than happy to pledge a percentage of our earnings to support New Vocations aftercare efforts," explained Bryan Sullivan with Let's Go Stables. "It's a win-win situation for us and retired racehorses if Daredevil does well on Saturday."
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. The focus is on adoption verses retirement to address the large number of horses leaving the track each year. Through education and adoption each horse gets a purpose and a home.
“We feel honored and very blessed to have so many owners and trainers participating in this year’s campaign,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “The number of horses needing our services continues to grow and the funds raised will help us serve more horses. It is fairly simple, the more money we raise the more horses we can take into the program.”
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