TCA Offering Emergency Funds, Resources To Help Backstretch Workers And Aftercare Groups

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund is providing funding to backstretch and aftercare organizations working to support the Thoroughbred community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Established in 2016 by LNJ Foxwoods, the Horses First Fund assists Thoroughbreds and their caretakers in need of emergency aid due to large scale neglect, natural disaster, or other catastrophe. The Backstretch […]

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Roytz: COVID-19 Crisis Will Lead To More Horses Than Ever In Need Of Second Careers

In a commentary for The Horse magazine, Retired Racehorse Project executive director (and former Paulick Report contributor) Jen Roytz writes that the work of Thoroughbred aftercare organizations has increased exponentially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The short term stoppage of live racing and long-term economic downturn will likely lead to more horses than […]

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‘I’ll Miss His Enormous Personality’: Millionaire Ashleyluvssugar Retired

Millionaire and Southern California fan-favorite Ashleyluvssugar has officially been retired, trainer Peter Eurton reported on Twitter Sunday. The 9-year-old gelding finished sixth in Saturday’s G3 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita Park. “For me, I’ll miss his enormous personality – playful still at 9, his tenacity & the way he looks at you with […]

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New Vocations To Host Annual Educational Open Barn And BBQ Event

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its fifth annual Open Barn and BBQ event on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An educational experience held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the organization will open its barn doors to the public at the conclusion of dressage competition at the Kentucky […]

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Never Eclipsed: Off-Track Thoroughbreds To Be Honored At Eclipse Awards

In addition to honoring excellence in 17 equine and human categories this year, the 49th annual Eclipse Awards on January 23 will pay tribute to those Thoroughbreds who have moved on to a second athletic career. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is inviting fans to participate in saluting Off-Track Thoroughbreds by submitting photos or videos […]

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Prince Lucky’s Surgery Successful, Owner Mulling Retirement Options

Graded stakes-winning Prince Lucky, who pulled up in the Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday at Gulfstream Park last weekend with bilateral sesamoid fractures in his right ankle, has successfully undergone surgery. Owner Daniel McConnell told The Blood-Horse Wednesday that the gelding is expected to make a full recovery. McConnell said he is pondering several retirement options […]

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Assessing A New OTTB: Veterinary Considerations

The movement of veterinary records from one trainer to another on the racetrack has recently become part of the discussion around improved racetrack safety. Many believe that informing the next horseman in a horse’s life about its previous treatments, illnesses and injuries is paramount to the welfare of the horse. Legal considerations make this tricky, […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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Japan’s Third Retired Racehorse Clinic Resounding Success

Boyd Martin, a Olympic competitor for the United States in the eventing discipline, returned to Japan last week to help with the Retired Racehorse Clinic. Eventing Nation reports the clinic offers participants the opportunity to lesson with world-class horseback riders who ride and train off-track Thoroughbreds. Hosted by the National Riding Club Association of Japan […]

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