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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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Racehorse Rescue Wins Big With Blanket Donation Program

To a rescued ex-racehorse, a warm winter blanket can be a matter of life or death. Just ask Kathryn (Kate) Papp, DVM, founder of PA Racehorse, Rehoming, Rehabilitation & Rescue (PARR), whose main facility is located in Harrisburg, PA. A 501(c)3 organization that rehabilitates, rehomes and supports Thoroughbreds after the end of their racing careers, […]

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$16,500 In Prizes For Thoroughbreds Competing In Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event

The 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) is offering over $16,500 in cash prizes across the four divisions for Thoroughbreds competing at this weekend’s inaugural event. The Ocala Jockey Club is the host to this world-class Eventing competition, which this year serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it is also […]

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OTTBs Shine As Sidesaddle Mounts

Epilogue (Nothern Spur—Shared Reflections, Pursuit), a 20-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, won the ladies hunter side-saddle division at the Pennsylvania National horse show this year. The gelding was piloted to the victory by Ashleigh Glorioso, who was Champion of the division the last two years, also aboard Thoroughbreds. Epilogue was bred in Kentucky by Carolyn Friedburg and […]

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CARMA Hosts Aftercare Awareness Demonstration At Santa Anita

On the eve of Breeders’ Cup week, CARMA embodied the premiere sporting event’s slogan “the best is yet to come” by showcasing retired racehorses in their new careers on Santa Anita Park’s iconic main track on Sunday, October 27. A trio of three local champion barrel racers, consisting of Jaime Lee, Mallory Cortes and Christina […]

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Racing Victoria Makes $25 Million Commitment To Thoroughbred Aftercare

Racing Victoria (RV) announced on Monday a $25 million plan dedicated to the welfare of Victorian Thoroughbreds with an immediate focus on their post-racing wellbeing. The landmark commitment will fund the first three years of an ongoing program to accelerate and expand RV’s Equine Welfare Strategic Plan. RV also called on all sectors of the racing […]

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