Ex-Racehorses Find New ‘Mounts’ With Chicago Police
Retired Thoroughbred racehorses are trained for a variety of second jobs after their careers at the track are over. Not many, though, find themselves crime fighters and peace officers on the streets of a big city.
Welcome to Chicago. While most police departments use draft horses and crosses for their mounted patrols, the Chicago PD has always preferred Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and mixes of the two breeds. Leaders of the Chicago Mounted Patrol believe ex-racehorses often make an ideal transition from the backstretch to the front lines of police work.
While in town for the Arlington Million, the Paulick Report's Scott Jagow and Natalie Voss took a side trip to downtown Chicago and met the horses – and their human partners – who protect and serve the Windy City.