The connections of seven Breeders’ Cup starters have pledged a percentage or portion of their earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which has five facilities in four states.
New Vocations said Oct. 30 IEAH Stable’s Court Vision , Diamondrella, and Radiohead; Charles Winner, David Bienstock, and Paul Mandabach’s Magical Fantasy; Chasing Dreams Racing’s Noble's Promise ; Sovereign Stable’s Negligee; and Brushwood Stable’s Mushka have made pledges thus far.
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New Vocations focuses on placing retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses into homes and new careers. The charity said it places an average of 300 retired racehorses each year.
“Times are tough right now, and the number of horses needing our services continues to rise,” New Vocations program director Anna Ford said in a statement. “We are truly grateful to have these owners pledge their support during this year’s Breeders Cup. I think a lot of their success at the track has been due to the fact that they truly care about the welfare and safety of their horses both on and off the track.
“It is our hope that more owners will choose to follow their lead. What a statement it would be if every starter made a pledge.”
New Vocations, which started with a farm in Dayton, Ohio, and now has facilities in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, said it hopes to raise the public’s awareness of the racehorse adoption effort.