Off Track Thoroughbreds

News and features about Thoroughbred After Care and  Second Careers.

  • TRF Announces New Board Members

    The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation announced the addition of four new members to the Board of Directors: Paul H. Saylor, Maggie Wolfendale-Morley, Robert Masiello, and Erin Birkenhauer.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    $450K Yearling Shines in Eventing Second Career

    With a solid purchase price and now in the care of Darley, it seemed that the youngster, named Regiment, had a bright future ahead on the racetrack. But it wasn't on the racetrack where he began to shine.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    OTTB Honored for Police Work, Community Service

    Although racing wasn't Valor's strong suit, the former runner found his niche as a police mount and recently earned the 2017 Thoroughbred Incentive Program Thoroughbred of the Year award for his work.

  • Minnesota Racing Commission Helps Retired Horses

    The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $46,000 to Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions, This Old Horse and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program.

  • Hipódromo Camarero after Hurricane Maria

    Puerto Rican Horses Heading Stateside for Retirement

    A small handful of the approximately 800 horses at Hipódromo Camarero are in the process of being moved from the U.S. territory to the states for retirement, some going to permanent homes and some going to Thoroughbred retirement organizations.

  • Celebrity Saratoga Snacks Garners Attention for ReRun

    Even though the primary goal of the 21-year-old ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption is to find second careers and new homes off the track for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, the organization gets significant attention from a few of its permanent residents.

  • Thoroughbred Makeover Finale Live Stream

    The Thoroughbred Makeover features 385 Thoroughbred racehorses that will compete with their trainers in up to two of ten equestrian sports. The crowd favorite from among the ten discipline winners will be crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    Caribbean TB Aftercare Assists Puerto Rico Horses

    The human and animal population of Puerto Rico are struggling to regain their footing after the island was pounded by Hurricane Maria. Many are scrambling to secure food, water, and included in the chaos are about 950 horses at Hipodromo Camarero.

  • Woodbine Plans Aftercare Day on Oct. 15

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that Woodbine Entertainment will host TAA Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2017, coinciding with the grade 1 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine.  

  • T.I.P Thoroughbred of the Year SSO Valor

    SSO Valor, Two Riders Earn T.I.P. Awards

    The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Sept. 18 announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2017.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    New Vocations/TIP Championship Show Brings OTTBs to KY

    More than 250 off-track Thoroughbreds descended on the Kentucky Horse Park's Rolex Stadium in Lexington Sept. 8-10 as part of the first-ever New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show/Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships.

  • Meet My Buddy

    T.I.P. Championship Winners Announced

    The inaugural Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championship Horse Show was held Sunday, September 10, 2017, in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, coinciding with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    'War Horse' Crushing Blossoms in Show Ring

    Georgia Keogh was pleasantly surprised in 2015 when her father James Keogh, casually mentioned he had a horse arriving for her one day. When the gray gelding got off the trailer, Keogh was immediately enamored with the son of Giacomo.

  • Nik Juarez and Valid in Maryland

    Juarez Buys Former Mount, Millionaire Valid

    Jockey Nik Juarez kept tabs on his former mount, multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Valid, who was sold to new connections in January. Then he purchased the horse and retired him to a farm in Maryland, where he arrived Aug. 22.

  • New Vocations Preps for OTTB Takeover in Kentucky

    New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is preparing for its Third Annual All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, which will be held Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

  • Brazilian Horse of the Year Enjoys New Jumper Career

    The latest addition to Xin Xu Lin's rèsumè came just a few years ago, when the Brazilian champion arrived at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park and met his new owner, Kasia Jaskowska, who adopted him as a jumper prospect.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    Racing NSW Buys Property for OTTBs Through Welfare Fund

    Racing NSW, the regulating body for Thoroughbred racing in New South Wales Australia, announced July 22 that it has purchased a 2,600-acre property in Capertee for the purpose of rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming off-track Thoroughbreds.

  • Racehorse Repurposing, Retirement Funds Available

    The Minnesota Racing Commission is seeking 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations that have been in operation at least one year to be considered for funding.  

  • Ben's Cat underwent colic surgery July 6 in Kentucky but did not survive complications

    Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat Dies

    Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who underwent colic surgery July 6 to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, was euthanized July 18 due to complications that arose during his recovery. 

  • Bonapaw at Old Friends

    Grade 1 Winner Bonapaw Euthanized

    Grade 1-winning sprinter Bonapaw was euthanized July 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., due to complications caused by the equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. He was 21.

  • Ben’s Cat at his new home at Chris and Bayne Welker’s Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky., June 29

    Ben's Cat Settles Into New Kentucky Home

    Chris Welker spent the morning sitting under a tree in a paddock watching Ben's Cat settle into his new home on a breezy June 29 at Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky. She considered pinching herself, but didn't want to spoil the tranquility.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    CANTER PA Promotes Rider Education Through Scholarship

    The Pennsylvania chapter of the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) awarded scholarships to three off-track Thoroughbred owners in the Mid-Atlantic region to further promote their riding and training education.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    TRF Fundraising Initiative Gives Ownership Feel

    An initiative launched by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation gives donors an opportunity to help provide for the care of a former racehorse while getting the feel of horse ownership without the added responsibilities.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    Little Red Feather Expands Network into Aftercare

    The Little Red Feather partnership has been at the forefront of innovation for Thoroughbred ownership groups. From launching in 2002, the group has more than 300 partners, has successfully crowdsourced a winner through their LRF Thoroughbred Fund.