Inaugural New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Show Raises Funds

The New Vocations Charity All Thoroughbred Show celebrated its inaugural year with 116 Thoroughbred exhibitors and more than 430 total entries and $10,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare.

Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the one-day show, sponsored by the Paulick Report and Prospect Farm, offered Thoroughbreds, a chance to compete at the Kentucky Horse Park's famous Rolex Arena and Walnut Ring.

“We are so excited to have had such a successful first year of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Show,” says Sarah Coleman, New Vocations director of education and development. “It was amazing to see all the retired racehorses in the Rolex Arena until almost 1 a.m., riding under the lights and exemplifying the concept that these horses have so much left to give when they leave the track. We could not have asked for a better way to kick off our horse show expansion, nor for more dedicated volunteers who stayed until the last horse went through the gate.”

Thoroughbreds with backgrounds ranging from no starts to more than 50, and zero earnings to more than $695,000, competed side by side, showcasing the breed’s athleticism and versatility beyond the track. The Rolex Arena was also the perfect setting to hold the Thoroughbred recognition ceremony, in which both exhibitors and spectators celebrated and honored the heart and versatility of the four-legged athletes in attendance.

Among the 116 Thoroughbreds competing:

  • Art of Diplomacy, who raced 77 times and won $165,818, was the Jockey Club TIP War Horse champion;
  • Bullseyeperfect, with 34 starts and $44,125 in earnings, won the Jockey Club TIP Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby;
  • Iron Heart, an 8-year-old unraced gelding, won the Jockey Club TIP Open Hunter Derby;
  • Gristmill Road, with 23 starts and $38,947 in earnings, was the winner of the Jockey Club TIP Open Jumper Stakes;
  • Josefina Verde, with 14 starts and 1,715 in earnings, was the winner of the Jockey Club TIP Junior/Amateur Jumper Stakes; and
  • The winner of the Jockey Club’s Most Recently Raced Award was the 8-year-old mare Pass Me a Drink, who last raced Aug. 5, marking the end of a career which included 50 starts and $79,578 in earnings.
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