Emerald Downs OTTBs Have Three Chances to Charm

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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.

Read more at Off-Track Thoroughbreds

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  • http://www.facebook.com/marcy.emery Marcy Emery

    Love this!!! What an intelligent and progressive initiative, kudos to Emerald Downs.

  • Karen Worthington

    As Manager of the All-Thoroughbred Show, I’ve been referring to the event as “I Love My Thoroughbred.” We’re offering Thoroughbred riders from seasoned show campaigners to recreational riders a unique opportunity to show the world just how “user-friendly” these former racehorses can be, and ARE.
    In addition, we’ll give every exhibitor the opportunity to share how THEIR Thoroughbred has changed their life on our Story Wall at the show!

  • Ben Hogan

    Sofia McKee brings a new dimension to racing with many innovative ideas.She is to be commended for her initiative.

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