The purpose of this resource is to highlight OTTBs in the hopes that more people will recognize the value in owning an OTTB. This resource is part of a marketing program for off-track thoroughbreds (OTTBs)
When most people think about Thoroughbreds, they think of race horses running down a track, but how many think of what happens when they can no longer race? Some are lucky and move to the breeding shed, but not all race horses are so lucky. Many are slaughtered. However, thoroughbreds can and have become more off the track than on the track. They can be retrained as eventers, jumpers, hunters, dressage horses, trail horses, or simply grateful companions. You name it, these OTTBs can do it! There is Life after the track. Own an OTTB!
Here you can learn everything there is to know about OTTBs, from how to research your OTTB to where you can find one to own. You can also participate in the OTTB marketing campaign by adding your own OTTB to this resource to help further market these wonderful athletes.
This resource was inspired by Mango
Examples of a few OTTBs
* = indicates that page needs some updating...
Alexander Grandson of Sunny's Halo & Danzig. Starting a new way of life as a pleasure horse.
Ascot Doll Great Grandson of Northern Dancer out of Ascot Knight. Bred in Ontario by George Strawbridge Career: 111 Starts: 13 - 11 - 15, $253,518
Ashkal Way raced by Goldophin, this Grade 1 winner was retired in 2007 to become ESPN's Jeannine Edwards OTTB!
At the Ready Fractured his skull at age 2 - Gate injury. Raced at age 4. Now on his way to becoming an eventing horse.
Bosse (Reg. name Secret Poise) Seasoned show horse, now serves as the perfect "school master"
Boyle Heights Kid aka "Boy" by Tinner's Way and a grandson of Secretariat. Boy loves the trails and we are now training in Dressage and hope to dabble in some jumping later on.
Capricious One Rescued by TB Friends in Woodland, CA and adopted. "Cappy" is a 2003 son of Bertrando. He raced as a 2yo, 3yo and 4yo before his rescue. He now has a new home and is his mama's Wonderboy.
Careless Dream* Rescued from abandonment in VA, now has a 9yr old girl to call her own.
Carson City Kid A seasoned racehorse that has traveled far to retire to the good life.
Casey's Smile* Now a family horse who loves all the attention from the grandkids!
Cayman* a mystery OTTB whose tattoo is being researched; he's become the mount of choice for a 6 yr old girl.
Cerulean Moon* A wonderful Dark bay gelding lucky enough to go from one good racing home straight to a new career.
Classalwayshows Canter USA - New England unites a hard-luck racing campaigner with an older re-rider!
Classic Maverick* Great horse recue story to be posted soon!
CloverSpecial horse looking for a forever home!
Courageous Comet Once a New York claimer now competing at the highest levels of 3 day eventing. Will be representing U.S. in the 2008 OLYMPICS in Hong Kong!!
DE North Branch 10 year old affectionately known as Sirius Black trained in dressage and just absolutely beautiful.
Desert Bloomer* Was still racing at age 9. Now retired and in training for dressage. My Best Friend - If his trainers could only see him now!!!!
Doctor Decherd Was on the Kentucky Derby trail 06, ran against Barbaro in the Holy Bull stakes - now retired off the track for a new life as a sport horse.
Don't Think Twice Has gone through a few owners, after the track, and is now an Adult Amateur Jumper, with his forever mom.
Do Play On Recently celebrating her 29th birthday, Play has done it all. After several successful careers (racehorse, broodmare, and showhorse), she now enjoys a quiet life as a trail horse and beloved companion.
Epizootic An ex-steeplechaser who excelled in jumping, dressage and eventing (despite being a "bucking-master"), and after a few years on the show circuit, got reunited with his former owner.
First Tycoon Retired at 3, hated jumping, now a successful dressage horse.
French Forum, aka Madeira, by Open Forum. Was retired from racing at 4yo, and retrained for English Pleasure.
Frostatmidnight*, now known as Frosty. Another Canadian bred son of Ascot Knight.
Fugue, aka Dot, shown under Manhattan Fugue. New York bred, retired at 5 to his forever home where he was trained and competed in H/J and dressage. We celebrated his Quarter-Century birthday on March 30, 2008.
Great Rojo, aka A Kind of Magic. Purchased as a three-year old at the Virginia Hunter and Sport Horse sale September 1994. Evented.
High Roads First, now known as Arabel, rescued from Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program.
Hola C Bright, a very successful michigan bred who raced in the mid atlantic region and ended up being retired to his home state of Michigan. His name, connections and retirement make of a very interesting and peculiar story.
In Land, a Florida Bred gelding by Snuck In, he is now known a Nikki and has the kindest, most willing attitude of any horse at his barn. He is used mostly as a Western Pleasure horse, but does enjoy the occasional jumping and english flatwork.
Influent a Canadian bred son of Ascot Knight who succeeded on the US tracks and brought his owner Mike Becker more than he could ever imagine.
Jaguar Hope, a son of Turkoman and the "King of the $4,000 claimers," working to be King at the horse show circuit.
Jaguar Key, a former stablemate of Jaguar Hope who was saved from slaughter after a successful career, is now a much loved companion who's helping his owner get back in the saddle.
Jewel In The Hills Retired from 3 years of racing in 2003. Great granddaughter of Secretariat. As of 2008, schooling 3rd level dressage.
Julie Hoo - now Dressed in Jewels Beautiful Unraced 4 yr old filly, 2 starts, but no go. Now in retraining to be a Hunter/Eq lady, and learning very quickly!!
Jumpin' Joe*, entered the CANTER Michigan program after retiring. Only won one race as a 2-year-old, but won the heart of his new family where he is living the pampered life as a pleasure horse and companion.
Lil Jewel 2005 mare. Purchased at the July 2008 Marshall, VA sale from dealer Jessie Austin. Reschooled and sold as a show hunter prospect, Philomont, VA.
Lil Man, Great Grandson of Affirmed: racehorse owner puts horse's welfare FIRST!
Little Big Red, Adopted from trainer listings on LOPE: Being retrained as hunter/jumper and doing great!
Lockon Venus, Bought from local trainer and retrained as a successful jumper!
Lord Hansel*aka Wyatt - shows under "Gunslinger" 1995 TB by Hansel by a Seattle Slew mare. His pedigree screams great racer, but he never was! Now showing 1st level dressage, showing extreme talent for lateral work and passage/piaffe work.
Luv Of The Century, Granddaughter of Affirmed and Great Granddaughter of Alydar. Purchased as a three-year-old from her race trainer who advertised her on the CANTER Ohio website. Has now found her forever home as a hunter/jumper prospect in Ohio. She just didn't want to run.
Makinacharge aka Tomcat. Purchased February 2005 at the Marshall, VA sale. A lovely horse being reschooled for eventing.
[Pay Attention] was a Top Bunk listed horse that was retired sound from Penn National on May 30, 2009. He earned over $510k in his lifetime, only to end his career running at Penn's lowest claiming level.
Neartic Ice Came down from Canada after 8 years of racing with a wonderful female jockey who felt he needed a second chance. I now own him and ride with the Southcreek Foxhounds.His barn name is now Batman, is my pride and joy and loves his new job galloping with the hounds.
Premier Crown* 1991 SAF Gelding, has showjumped and evented and now at 17 still bouncy, willing, happy and settling into Dressage & just 'hacking around'
Red Attack* Dressage schoolmaster in PA
Rubiano Ruby retired from racing by Minnesota FOBs . Ruby dropped rapidly through the claiming ranks after an injury to her leg. Being retrained for new career.
Run Tuesday aka Ruby, 2004. Sold by then owner for $200 in the parking lot of the Marshall, VA sale September 2008. Subsequently new owner (dealer who frequently sells to New Holland) was tracked down. Purchased 10 days later by Jan Snodgrass. Ruby as been reschooled for jumping.
Rushtogreatness A 5yr gelding, Owners didn't want to wait the 4 weeks the track vet's said he should rest after he chipped his fetlock and gave him to Race Horse Reclaim in Hot Springs, Ar and I am glad they did as he is retraining to be my new Dressage partner.
Sabovee aka Bruiser, 1995 OTTB, raced until he was 5, winnings include the Liberty Bell Stakes in PA. Retired with a slab fracture. Currently showing Prix St George.
Sage AKA Missy Dale, 31 years old and still going strong. Raced at Caldera in 1979 according to the photo I have of her as a 2 year old.
Saint Kate aka Katie Rah, 2004 OTTB, adopted from CANTER Mid-Atlantic, learning dressage
Sandy Island Injured while racing, rescued and rehabbed, and is now an important member of the family
Save Me* on his way to becoming an eventer
Seneca will be an eventer after some time off
Shamrock Scope1997 chestnut sabino turf runner thrown away from Mntr. Park at age 5 to auction in 2003, saved by Live and Let Live Rescue and adopted by bare hoof care specialist in 2005, lots of rehab. Fractured coffin bone playing in paddock 2007 but now sound and started training for dressage in 2009 amazing heart in this horse!
Shardelisada 1988 Dk Bay mare, rescued from killer buyers and now mom to a handsome 2009 Swain (Ire) colt. She's enjoying her forever home and loves being a momma.
Sought Out, aka Katy. Purchased at the June 2008 Marshal, VA sale from dealer Jessie Austin for $350. Katy was emaciated and lame in two legs. A retirement home was eventually found in GA. She is happy and healthy!!
Staked Claim, aka Xcellent Adventure purchased at the Marshall, VA sale May 2002. Xcel is star of "Reschooling the Thoroughbred" at www.theexcellenthorse.com. Quite a story about quite a horse!
Tattooed in the Nude retired for being too "slow," Tat got fat and bored as a lawn ornament, but is now in training for Prelim Eventing! Who knew he loved to jump!
Take Me Flying is a Finger Lakes Finest! Obtained in December 2009 through the Finger Lakes Trainers (online) Listing. He is learning to be an eventer, tailgater extraordinaire and personal psychotherapist to his human.
Tashanic broke track records; now a heart breaker at a childrens' camp
Thunder Dillon Once a racehorse; now part of the police force!
Tio Pote Rescued from a local Va. auction at least 100 lbs underweight, now back at his full weight and learning to be a pleasure horse and treasured member of the family.
Tis Unanswerable, aka Appol. Purchased in Spetember 2009 from someone who took in some Michael Gill castoffs to try and make a quick buck and apparently thought feeding or watering her would cut into those profits. Appol was emaciated and lame in all four legs and the vet thought she would have been dead in a week and is shocked she actually pulled through. She has always been the sweetest and most biddable horse anyone at the barn has ever met! After 10.5 long months and much TLC she is now back under saddle learning to be a Hunter on the flat and is very happy and healthy and loved!
Toby Not at the track for too long, he was retrained as a hunter/jumper and worked his way to the top levels now enjoying life as a trail horse
Top Bunk Earned more than $575,000 running. When he reached the age of 11, his fans raised the money to claim him and retire him with honor.
Tunder Ponche Adopted January 2008 from TBFriends. A 2001 son of Ponche who raced 3 years & won over $100,000. He loves his treats & he is loved very much!
Violette Jolie Raced until she was 9 winning over $116,000, then was rescued from New Holland Auction to become my new best friend and first horse.
Whozoominwho Track veteran with 85 starts, now working towards a degree as "Best Friend"
OTTB of the Week
We are offering a prize of $500, to be donated to the horse rescue of choice of the overall winning OTTB wiki page. Each week for the first nine weeks, we will select an "OTTB of the week". After the series is over, we will then have a voting process to select the overall winner. Criteria for selection includes the overall story of the OTTB as well as use of multimedia technology (youtube etc.) We hope this creates an incentive for OTTB owners to create cool pages for their horses! Pages that can be used to help market and brand OTTBs. Vote on your favorite OTTB below. Voting will close at 12pm (east coast time) Tuesday, August 12
CONGRATULATIONS Carson and Friends of Ferdinandthread on the ABR discussion board, about the contest.
Week 9, July 21: Carson City Kid http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/2680774814_4effc205af_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/2680775086_26fd35a229_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2679955773_77c520587a_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3226/2679956573_333106e7df_t.jpg Read all about Carson here
Bonus winner week 9: Sabovee http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3085/2679963777_d9882809a1_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/2679964413_65b6ec32ac_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/2679964895_6ab01579eb_t.jpg Read all about Sabovee here
Week 8, July 14: Courageous Comet http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3047/2676687055_3065632929_t.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2197/2676687373_0810b91818_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/2676688075_6e1f669593_t.jpg Read all about Courageous Comet here
Week 7, July 7: Master's Choice http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3107/2642451083_5e931aefe8_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3062/2643546614_acbe295d1a_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3106/2642712273_703b9cb383_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/2643296064_5f74a0bc2f_t.jpg Read all about Master here
Week 6, June 30: Do Play On http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/2629273300_9ce15af109_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2629270032_3e30509c30_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/2629266590_8bd60f5130_t.jpg Read all about Play here
Week 5, June 23: What's Your Wish http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2605192291_d73f3a2464_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/2605192755_9d280d4589_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2606024962_44452b34a8_t.jpg Read all about Wish here
Week 4, June 16: Jaguar Key http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3168/2583750581_b56d9f075f_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2583751391_a9ef5e5c41_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3139/2583749677_d07ff0986f_t.jpg Read all about Jaguar Key here
Week 3, June 9: Brego http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3132/2564371179_79b1e8c366_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3193/2565195378_67be54c750_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3093/2565200584_a323789dc4_t.jpg Read all about Brego here
Week 2, June 2: French Forum aka Madeira http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2210/2515598418_4420903098_t.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3167/2545034093_edb6dfe7af_t.jpg Read all about "Madeira" here
Week 1, May 26: Fugue aka Dot http://thumb15.webshots.net/s/thumb3/1/84/9/68518409RnAZzV_th.jpg http://thumb15.webshots.net/s/thumb3/1/43/35/68514335bkObhy_th.jpg http://thumb15.webshots.net/t/59/459/6/42/59/2816642590045620835bttMFq_th.jpg Read all about "Dot" here
More OTTB Successes
Sites with their own listings of successful OTTBs.
Bits & Bytes FarmOur Web site has over 200 Success Stories and thousands of photos!
Fox Haven Farm, Inc. Retraining and Placing OTTB's in new careers. Located in North Central Florida
New Vocations, OH Standing in the gap for retired racehorses providing a safety net through rehabilitation, education and placement in qualified, caring homes
Websites where you can find OTTBs
Sites where you can find OTTBs looking for new homes.
20 Thoroughbreds from Louisiana Downs - Dallas & Donna Keen, TX, working on finding homes for URGENT MATTER - look here for info & pics
Bits & Bytes Farm, GA We have OTTBs at our farm and the resources to find Thoroughbreds at the track. We have Thoroughbreds in all price ranges. Our Web site has over 200 Success Stories and thousands of photos.
Fox Haven Farm, Inc. Many Thoroughbreds in various stages of retraining and in all price ranges. Located in North Central Florida
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption ProgramFacilities in OH, MI, TN adopting OTTBs with some transitional training to 38 states.
Ponytales Rescue, Honesdale PARescuing all breeds of equine but specializing in OTTB's
Second Chance Ranch Washington State
Thoroughbred Adoption Network Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Facility at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue A 501(c)(3) retirement and retraining program run by horsemen for horsemen. Upper Marlboro, MD
Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa - TROT Oldsmar, FL
Thoroughbred Retirement Directory From Bloodhorse Magazine. By Name or State search engine.
Wood End Farms A farm dedicated to retraining retired racehorses.
Resources for organizations that work with OTTBs and adopters of OTTBs.
After the Finish Line, CA Provides funding and grants to rescue organizations across the United States to support the Thoroughbred racehorses in their care.
Blue Horse Charities Provides grants for each OTTB adopted out of a rescue.
Old Friends A facility for retired Thoroughbred Stallions in Kentucky
R.A.C.E. Fund A retirement fund for Thoroughbreds and racetrack pony horses: Philadelphia Park
The Exceller Fund Works with many other organizations in order to save as many Thoroughbreds as possible.
Thoroughbred Charities of America Provides grants to an US based rescue that works with OTTBs.
Turning for Home Brand new OTTB retirement program for the trainers and owners at Philadelphia Park, established by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
The National Horse Protection League NHPL exists to protect horses--from slaughter, abandonment, dangerous working, breeding and racing conditions and irresponsible owners.
Central NH but covering NE bare hoof care specialist with a passion for off the track thoroughbreds. Active rider+owner/rehab of barefoot OTTB's. Call or email with questions Free consultations. It's not about just the hoof, it's the whole horse! Heidi Meyer @Heavenly Hooves 603-568-4110 firstname.lastname@example.org web site up soon!
Second Chance Ranch Based in Washington State (Emerald Downs)
Training OTTBs - Retraining Thoroughbreds Notes and stories with links to other resources to help you get started correctly.
The OTTBs at Wood End Farm, IL Many are ready for adoption and their lives are written about often on this blog.
Bazzy Boy Racing Legend of Sorts A fun blog about Baz and his current life off the track. A fun and engaging blog!
Joe at Thoroughbred Friends Daily updates on the events and horses at Joe's TB Friends Rescue in Northern California.
Researching Your OTTB
Access Pedigree Query to look up your OTTBs pedigree.
Track code list From Equibase
Tattoo Research Email Form NEW service from the Jockey Club
Tattoo Identification Services - General Information More info/help from the Jockey Club
Tips for Reading Lip Tattoos
A Thoroughbred tattoo is a letter followed by four or five numbers. The letter represents the year of foaling (see chart). Note: In tattoos that contain five numbers after the letter, the first number will be from zero to five.
The only exception to the letter is a foreign-born horse that was imported into North America. It will have an asterisk (*) in front of its tattoo number.
- Use a cloth to blot the lip to reduce shine and massage the area.
- Take the horse into a dim area and shine a flashlight, blacklight, or colored LED light on the tattoo from below the lip, then try the light at different angles.
- Take a digital picture of the tattoo and enhance the contrast. Note: Do not use a flash and take the picture on an overcast day or out of direct sunlight.
Thoroughbred tattoos (letter=year born):
A 1971 B 1972 C 1973 D 1974 E 1975 F 1976 G 1977 H 1978 I 1979 J 1980 K 1981 L 1982 M 1983 N 1984 O 1985 P 1986 Q 1987 R 1988 S 1989 T 1990 U 1991 V 1992 W 1993 X 1994 Y 1995 Z 1996
A 1997 B 1998 C 1999 D 2000 E 2001 F 2002 G 2003 H 2004 I 2005 J 2006 K 2007 L 2008 M 2009 N 2010 and so on...
A Guide For Future and Present OTTB Owners by Kimberly Clark of Leighton Farm Upper Marlboro, MD. Ms. Clark is a 25 year veteran of the racetrack bringing an honest look into life before and after the track.
Thoroughbrednetwork.org TN is dedicated to the promotion of the Thoroughbred Horse through educational programs.
North American Thoroughbred Society NATBS, Inc. works to recognize and promote Thoroughbred sport horses with a rewards program.
TRAA MidAtlantic Discussion Forum for the Mid Atlantic Region
How many OTTB's are going Advance? Discussion on Chronicle of The Horse forum.
Guide for the re-training of OTTBs Some really good advice and also some cool/entertaining videos!
OTTB Media Coverage
Rolex eventer found horse at the track Kentucky.com 4/19/09
Racehorse rescues on track Tampa Bay Online 4/11/09
NBC SHOWING SAVING THOROUGHBREDS A great piece on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams 11/21/08
The $600 mare and her $100,000 foal The Sydney Morning Herald 11/14/08 The Melbourne Cup winner, Viewed's full sister saved from slaughter!!
Suffolk Downs Bans Five Trainers Under Anti-Slaughter Rule The Horse (by Bloodhorse) 11/14/08
Registration Program to Benefit Retired Racehorses The Horse (by Bloodhorse) 11/11/08
Thoroughbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses The Horse 11/1/08
Magna Entertainment Corp. - Media Release Oct. 10, 2008 Excerpt: Magna Entertainment Corp. announced today that it has recently formally adopted a company-wide policy promoting the humane treatment of racehorses. Under the policy, any trainer or owner stabling at an MEC facility who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from an MEC facility to either a slaughterhouse or an auction house engaged in selling horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at any MEC facility.
EXCELLER: A CAUSE CELEBRE Paulick Report 9/25/08 Excerpt: This Saturday, to honor Exceller’s Jockey Club Gold Cup victory, a number of racetracks across the U.S. will host a “Toast to Exceller Day,” in order to raise awareness and donations for the Exceller Fund and many other equine charity groups. A special cocktail, “The Exceller,” is being sold at several tracks, including Mountaineer, Finger Lakes, Laurel Park and Presque Isle Downs, with proceeds benefting the Exceller Fund.
ABERCROMBIE'S STRONG PITCH TO END SLAUGHTER Paulick Report, 9/24/08
“Top Bunk” List Helps Past Champions Find Happy Endings EQUINE Ink, September 21, 2008
New career beckons for former top horse Horsetalk, September 17, 2008
Trainer rides to the rescue The Boston Globe 9/17/08
At The Races with Steve Byk (second half hour) September 10, 2008
Top racehorse narrowly escapes death Horsetalk, September 4, 2008
Gift from Crown Prince boosts Racehorse Sanctuary. from UK - Led Zeppelin influence a horse box gift for a racehorse rescue in England.
Retired Racers Find a New Track Washington Post, September 4, 2008
Dubai Millennium horse retired TB Times 9/2/08 Excerpt: After the purchase of Watchtower, he was promptly retired and sent to The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center. According to the center, Sheikh Mohammed also provided a “generous pension.” Kudos to the Sheikh!
Retired Horse Saved from Return to Track Bloodhorse 8/28/08
Effort underway to raise funds to retire former Texas Horse of the Year Lights on Broadway Texas Thoroughbred Association 8/15/08
Tough cross country day sinks U.S. eventing team to seventh TB Times 8/12/08 Excerpt: For the U.S., veteran rider Amy Tryon, riding Poggio II who raced as Chesterstimetofly, fell from her mount after the 16-year-old Poggio II left a leg at fence ten and twice stumbled and Becky Holder and Courageous Comet, who raced in New York, cruised through the early going only to misjudge their line at 21a, the first element of the dragon fence. The 13-year-old gelding ran out to the right and when Holder tried to correct her mistake, she inadvertently crossed her tracks.“I didn’t stick to my plan, but my horse was really good,” Holder told the USEF after being assessed 60 penalties for her mistake.
Racehorses To Compete In Olympics Thoroughbred Times 8/5/08 Story about 2 OTTB's making their bid for Olympic medals in Eventing.
Rescue Effort Seeks Help for 46 Horses Bloodhorse 8/3/08 Discussed on ABR here And follow up-story: Horse Rescue Saga: Breeder Was 'Lied To' Bloodhorse 8/4/08...and more: Endangered Horses on Way to Being Saved Bloodhorse 8/6/08...and the conclusion: Endangered Mares Removed From Feed Lot Bloodhorse 8/15/08 SUCCESS
Contessa named president of Exceller Fund TB Times 8/1/08
SLAUGHTER GOES UNDERGROUND The Paulick Report 7/30/08 by Alex Brown Excerpt: Certainly as an industry we are becoming more aware of the problems facing our retiring stars. And kudos for the racetracks who have made these positive steps — especially those tracks that have assigned resources to actively support their retired stars
The Thoroughbred Manifesto: a Proposal TB Brief 7/23/08 Thoroughbred Brief proposes a working relationship between the racing industry and horse sports industry to help our thoroughbreds transition from one to the other
Ask the Lord gets new life on farm DRF 7/18/08 Excerpt: "Every winner that Kenny and I have, we donate money to the TRF," she said. "It's kind of an automatic way of giving back. There's an easy form for owners and trainers and jockeys to fill out and participate. It's a tax deductible donation."
Yourgie's Second Chance Portfolio Weekly, July 15, 2008
Happy day! Mananan Mclir saved! Racehorse Memorial Wall, Worldwide™ 7/13/08
A Horse Named Gus Bloodhorse 7/13/08 by Steve Haskin. The last paragraph:So ends the story, at least for now, of the great-grandson of Ribot who miraculously escaped slaughter and was reborn at the age of 35. At this point, his life after the track is nothing but a collection of blank pages. But for him to have lived this long and survived the inside of a slaughter house is a story by itself, and one can only hope those missing chapters will one day be told. What is important is that at age 36, well beyond the maximum age range of a Thoroughbred, Gus’ life has become one of contentment. Whatever miseries he may have suffered throughout his life, it is Schultz’ loving care and the happy final years she has provided him that he will take to his death.
Retired Racehorses Are Stars of the Show in Britain; Special Awards, Competitions Abound The Jurga Report, July 6, 2008
Racehorse Rehabilitator Helps Transition to New Careers The Horse, July 2, 2008
Suffolk Downs begins zero-tolerance slaughter policy TB Times 6/27/08 Excerpt: “If a horse goes from here to the slaughterhouse, that's completely unacceptable,” Elliott said. “That trainer won't be here. I don't think that's anybody we'd want to have around. Mr. Fields is a strong believer in retirement idea. He's a big backer of it. The two are incompatible.”
Fans of Barbaro Save Texas Winner Texas Horse Talk 6/23/08
Program at Philly Park steers horses from slaughter June 21, 2008 Philadelphia Inquirer. Excerpt: "Through this program we hope to place our horses into the best retirement options. Horses found headed to New Holland may result in trainer sanctions and loss of stall privileges and will not be tolerated," Sinatra said.
Inside Track: Rehab Specialist Bloodhorse 6/17/08 Excerpt: Fusaichi Samurai, who in 2004 sold as a 2-year-old for a then-record $4.5 million. Gray is retraining “Sammy” to begin his new career as a riding horse.
It’s Over: What Now? June 12, 2008 The Rail. Tangentially related as I make mention of some of the old warriors still running. Comments, especially the latter comments, highlight the plight of these horses.
Thoroughbredtimes Ad Campaign cont' Belmont Results edition
Finding a Second Life for Aging Race Horses ABC News, June 8 2008
Thoroughbreds given a second lease on life NBC News "Making a Difference", June 8 2008
Beverly Strauss of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue 6/3/08 Great comments from a highly regarded woman in the Thoroughbred rescue/retraining business.
Previous owner responds to Little Cliff’s rescue TB Times 5/28/08. Excerpt: Partly because of what happened with Little Cliff, and partly because it was already in its formative stage already, the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has begun an initiative to provide trainers with a place … to retire horses no longer able to race and in need of a home and We also strongly condemn all horse slaughter and across the border horse transport for slaughter. (LaBuzz)
Options for Ex-Racehorses The Horse, May 26 2008
Hope for injured racehorses LOPE on the Austin, TX news 5/28/08 (video) Transcript of news story "Rehab ranch offers hope for injured racehorses"
Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse Equestrian Magazine
Retired Thoroughbreds: Athletes for All Occasions May 27, 2008 NYTimes The Rail.
And They're Off - To Slaughter May 25, 2008 Tampa Bay Tribune
Pennsylvania HBPA helps launch equine retirement fund TB Times 5/24/08 Pennsylvania HBPA helps fund the RACE Fund
Race horses are busy well after careers are overMay 24 2008; Fort Erie, Canada
Rescue Highlights Danger of 'Free Horse' Offers The Horse 5/23/08
A different and happier horse POOR SHOW AT TRACK EXCELS AT DRESSAGE About Buckingham Place an OTTB now competing in the Rolex 3-Day Event
Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program Unveiling New Facility The Horse 4/16/08
Rescued Cappucino Kid to Old Friends Bloodhorse 4/4/08. About Cappucino Kid, earner of nearly $250,000, a half-brother to grade I winner and prominent sire Medaglia D’oro,was rescued from a feedlot in Washington and will now live the rest of his life at Old Friends, KY
Activist Says Horse Protection Bill Is Good Horse Sense 7/16/07 Audrey form Saving Horses Inc, CA in the news.
Farewell to horse who became charity flagship SportBlog (The Guardian) UK 1/11/07 Hallo Dandy , winner of the 1984 Grand National, was put down on Monday at the venerable age of 33, leaving the racing world to remember a horse whose story is an equine morality tale....
OTTB Discussions on Internet Forums
Chance to retire Doctor Decherd ABR 9/15/08
1st round of Pimlico Shutdown Horses... ABR 8/15/08 Free horses who need homes...
"Can't Stop the Beat" - one saved from Sugar Creek by PTHR a letter from Can't Stop The Beat's breeder. And the article she was responding to: A Ride To Freedom
6 stallions, 40 preg. mares Needs Help ABR 8/1/08... and here is the media to go with it: Rescue Effort Seeks Help for 46 Horses Bloodhorse 8/3/08, Horse Rescue Saga: Breeder Was 'Lied To' Bloodhorse 8/4/08, Endangered Horses on Way to Being Saved Bloodhorse 8/6/08, Endangered Mares Removed From Feed Lot Bloodhorse 8/15/08 SUCCESS!
Mountaineer Urgent, Sound Tb Mare ABR 7/29/08 SUCCESS!
Two geldings at LaDowns need homes ASAP ABR 7/28/08
Charlestown, WV: 5 yo TB mare sound ABR 7/22/08 SUCCESS!
Urgent: Pa 2yr TB needs home asap ABR 7/19/08 SUCCESS!
Sterling Gold (Won $500K+) For Sale $300 ABR 7/17/08 ...needs to be retired
Just Le Facts ABR 7/16/08 ...needs to be retired
Horse in PA looking for good home ABR 7/15/08 SUCCESS!
Mountaineer Stud Needs Home ABR 7/11/08 SUCCESS!
SCTR: 4yo RACEHORSE NEEDS A HOME ABR 7/11/08 A great OTTB prospect, currently with a bowed tendon, in CA SUCCESS!
SO CAL BUS RIDE FOR RACEHORSE NEEDED NOW ABR 7/11/08 SUCCESS!
TRF/Inmates Saving OTTB's ABR 7/6/08
Champion Ask The Lord now Retired! ABR 7/5/08
NJ: 10 OTTBS headed for slaughter- HELP ABR 7/1/08 SUCCESS! An amazing story, now known as the "4th of July-save" (should be in the media soon...)
URGENT..TB's at Sugarcreek NOW! ABR 6/20/08 Rescue mission of 8 TBs, some that ran their last race as little as 4 days ago! SUCCESS! All done in less than 5 hours! As an extra "bonus" to this rescue, a former owner got reunited with her lost horse. Excerpt: I am trying to track down my horse Marquet Gold. I understand you got him out of an auction at Sugar Creek. OH. I sold him with the stipulation I was to be allowed to buy him back if the trainer decided to get rid of him. I was co breeder, and trainer here in Texas. This is the first of my horses I'ver ever sold while they were racing, and the last. When they leave me next time, it will be to retire to my back pasture. And the media story that followed: Fans of Barbaro Save Texas Winner Texas Horse Talk 6/23/08
Secretariat Daughter -- URGENT -- in LA ABR 6/18/08 SUCCESS!
URGENT: TB: CT, WV - HAS TIL FRI 6/20 ABR 6/16/08 SUCCESS!
VERY URGENT MOUNTAINEER HORSES ABR 6/13/08 4 TBs need to find homes off the track. SUCCESS!
3yo tb gelding needs home asap ABR 6/12/08 SUCCESS!
Thistledown - 2 geldings ABR 6/11/08 A 9 yo and a 5 yo, sound for riding need homes!!
AC4H-help save 2 TB's ABR 6/10/08 SUCCESS!
OHIO OTTB's NEED HELP 6/2/08 Five Thoroughbreds, who through networking on the Internet, are finding new homes - thanks to a concerned and devoted owner.
MD: Older TB in MD needs home ASAP! ABR 3/29/08 SUCCESS! Finally - Ben found a home July 17th, 2008 :)
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Retraining OTTB....Please help HGS Forum, Oct 22. 2005
Thinking of getting an OTTB.... Chronicle Forums, Aug. 21 2002