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 this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, it was announced Oct. 13.
For the third consecutive year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is working with trainers and owners of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support the program’s mission to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired race horses.
“What makes New Vocations stand out from the rest of Thoroughbred Retirement organizations is their commitment to retraining and adopting out these equine athletes, many of whom go onto to enjoy successful careers in various disciplines of horse sports,” said trainer Todd Pletcher in a release.
Pletcher, along with trainers Kiaran McLaughlin, Nick Zito, and Eddie Plesa and owners Mike Repole, Rick Shanley, and West Point Thoroughbreds have made early commitments to support this year’s pledge.
Pletcher has eight potential starters in this year’s Championships, including the Repole-owned Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty , who are pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and Stopshoppingmaria, who is headed to the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
McLaughlin will send out Alpha and Miss Netta in the Juvenile races, It's Tricky in the Ladies’ Classic (gr. I) and Trappe Shot in the Sprint (gr. I) or Dirt Mile (gr. IT). The McLaughlin-trained Rattlesnake Bridge may run in the Classic.
Plesa trains the Shanley-owned filly Say A Novena, who won the Oct. 1 Brandywine Stakes at Parx Racing in preparation for a start in the Juvenile Fillies. West Point Thoroughbred’s Awesome Gem is expected to start in the Dirt Mile or the Classic. The Zito-trained colt Jackson Bend is a probable starter in the Dirt Mile.
New Vocations will continue to seek pledges from additional owners and trainers leading up to the November event.
“It is our responsibility as owners to make sure these horses find good homes after their racing careers are over,” said Repole in a statement. “New Vocations, like many other great horse rescue organizations do a great job at making sure our equine friends have a great life beyond the track and we are happy to support them at this year’s World Championships.”
“The amount of early support we've received from owners and trainers for this year’s campaign has been amazing,” said New Vocations program director, Anna Ford, in a release. “We are going to adopt close to 400 retired racehorses this year, which is more than we have ever done before. The number of horses needing our services is huge and the funds raised from the pledges will help us continue to grow and reach more horses.”
For more information on New Vocations and how you can help support the program visit http://www.horseadoption.com/thoroughbred-adoption.