Emerald Downs recently announced a three-part initiative to help racehorses transition into new careers.
On Aug. 31, the track will hold a Thoroughbred Showcase, in which off-track Thoroughbreds available for sale will be paraded in-hand in the track's sale pavilion at 10 a.m. Owners and trainers will be on hand to answer questions about their horses, and Emerald's track veterinarian will be available to discuss common racehorse injuries with attendees.
On Oct. 5, after the meet closes, part of the track will be converted into an arena for a Thoroughbred-only horse show featuring classes for OTTBs of all disciplines, including an unusual competition to find the horse with the slowest canter.
Finally, Emerald Downs director of marketing Sophia McKee said the track will support a 100-day training challenge similar to that of trainer Steuart Pittman, encouraging participants to train horses for a variety of disciplines.
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