Jen Roytz

Roytz Named Executive Director Of Retired Racehorse Project

Jen Roytz has been named the new executive director of the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP). RRP’s founder, Steuart Pittman, who has held the title since the organization’s inception, will step down from his leadership role, but will remain involved as board chair. Roytz is co-owner of the Lexington, KY-based marketing agency Topline Communications and a […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Sustainable Path From Racetrack To Retirement

Pennsylvania has one of the most active racing and breeding jurisdictions in the country. The state has not one, but two racetracks with year-round live racing – Penn National and Parx – plus Presque Isle Downs, which runs throughout the summer. While many PA-breds spend their entire careers racing exclusively at the two year-round tracks, […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Turning For Home’ And Still Going Strong

Last week, in our first in a three-part series spotlighting the good that’s being done in the realm of aftercare in the Pennsylvania racing industry, we featured New Start, which has changed the approach to racehorse retirement and become a trusted resource for many trainers on the backside of Penn National. This week we’re switching […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Giving The Horses Of Penn National A ‘New Start’

The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred industry has received much critical press in recent years on a variety of fronts, including that of aftercare and welfare. So often in this industry or any other, the good can get overshadowed by the bad. In the coming weeks, we will be spotlighting some of the good being done on behalf […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Track Announcer-Turned-Retired Racehorse Rider

For so many in the worlds of horse racing and/or off-track Thoroughbreds, Jonathan Horowitz’s face may not be immediately recognizable, but his voice is. The regular track announcer at Arapahoe Park, Horowitz has called races at 26 tracks across the United States and Great Britain and holds the distinction of having been the youngest person […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Better One Start Early Than One Start Too Late’

This summer as Chip Tuttle watches the last horses race around the Suffolk Downs oval, he will likely be reminded of a gutsy gelding that left the Suffolk Downs backside long ago, and who was and still is a true war horse in every sense of the word. The track, which is scheduled to cease […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: What Happened To Him Could Happen To Any Horse

In literature or theater, the term “everyman” represents a seemingly ordinary individual whose path or plight is common, relatable and could be representative of anyone. The audience becomes introspective, as they can easily imagine themselves in the character’s situation. The story of Vinceremos is the everyman’s tale of Thoroughbred racing because it could all too […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Believe In You Needed Someone To Believe In Him

It was in 2009 at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale that bloodstock agent Mike McMahon first laid eyes on a dark bay colt that would eventually be named Believe In You. McMahon had formed a partnership with well-regarded 2-year-old conditioner Eddie Woods, and under the banner of Saratoga Stables, the pair were shopping for a […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: All Aboard ‘The Party Barge’

When you come across a horse named “The Party Barge,” you know he’s going to have a good story to go along with that raucous name. True to form, “Rye,” as he’s known around the barn, does not disappoint. Rye is a middle-aged all-around show, trail and recreational riding horse who earned his name, according […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Well, That Didn’t Go As Planned

The past several years we’ve closed out the final installment of the Aftercare Spotlight by focusing on resolutions that equestrians and horsemen (and women!) can contemplate adopting as their own. It’s also one of the few times during the year (some years the only time) that I press pause on covering other horses, people and […]

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