Prominent Racehorse Owners Donate $100,000 to New Vocations

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced that prominent racehorse owner Mike Repole and leading syndicate Starlight Racing, along with StarLadies Racing, each donated $50,000 to become Foundation Donors of the program’s capital campaign. New Vocations hopes other owners and syndicates will follow to complete the project.

In May, New Vocations launched its capital campaign to build the nation’s premier racehorse adoption facility in Lexington, Kentucky, on the historic Mereworth Farm. Once complete, the new facility, which will include two 15-stall barns, an indoor arena, outdoor arena, office, and multiple pastures and paddocks, will double the program's Lexington capacity, allowing them to help more retiring racehorses each year.

"Aftercare of retired racehorses is very important to me and should be for any owner,” said Repole. “I encourage other owners to consider donating to the New Vocations Capital Campaign. The program's efforts will be greatly expanded by the new facility, and ultimately more horses will be helped into second careers."

Starlight Racing managing partner Donnie Lucerrelli said, “We’re happy to support the work that New Vocations is doing and are excited to see them expand at Mereworth Farm. They've been rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming retired Thoroughbreds for a long time, and our contribution to their program is an acknowledgment of the great work they’re doing.”

To date, the New Vocations Capital Campaign has raised $950,000 of the estimated $2 million needed to fund the project. The official ground-breaking took place in June, and to date the Fasig-Tipton-sponsored outdoor arena has been completed, with the construction of the first barn underway. The focus in September is to find four additional Foundation Donors to fund the site work, excavation, building pads, seeding, driveways, and pathways for the 85-acre property. Foundation Donors receive a custom lawn jockey in their choice of name and silks positioned near the New Vocations office at Mereworth Farm that will be seen by hundreds of visitors and adopters each year. 

“Thousands of retired racehorses will benefit from the new facility at Mereworth Farm,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We are truly grateful for Mike Repole’s, Starlight Racing’s, and StarLadies’ generous donation to the project. All three have been staunch, ongoing supporters of our mission to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses.”

Follow the campaign’s progress, make a donation, and learn more about the naming and giving opportunities by visiting the capital campaign’s website at

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