OTTBs

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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Cherry Wine Has Gone From Racehorse To Hunter, Jumper, Barrel Racer, And ‘Heart Horse’

With an abundance of dapples adorning Cherry Wine’s gray coat, further complemented by his flowy mane and forelock, the Dale Romans-trained colt was a big hit with fans and photographers during his four-year racing campaign. So it wasn’t surprising 15 months after Cherry Wine ran his final race, there was considerable reaction on Twitter when […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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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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Fifty Breeders’ Cup Connections Commit Percentage Of Winnings To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners, trainers and jockeys are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its 10th year, the Pledge has raised over $550,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of […]

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‘No Way The Industry Can Defend This’: Television Report Shines Light On Slaughter Of Australian OTTBs

In 2016, Australian authorities put a new program in place to begin tracking location and usage of Thoroughbreds before, during, and after their time on the racetrack. In New South Wales, that tracking system was supposed to help officials enforce a ban on sending off-track horses to slaughter. A two-year investigation by ABC News released […]

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Two And A Half Years In, Maryland’s Beyond The Wire Has Placed More than 200 Horses

Less than halfway into its third year, Beyond the Wire is evolving into more than just a safe, reliable and successful bridge to find and place retired Thoroughbreds with second homes. Launched by the Maryland Jockey Club in conjunction with the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) in 2017, Beyond the Wire has developed a groundswell of support […]

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More Than 450 Thoroughbreds Compete at New Vocations Charity Horse Show, T.I.P. Championships

The fifth annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was a resounding success with a record-breaking number of horses—more than 450—traveling from 26 states to compete in hunter, jumper, pleasure, Western and dressage disciplines. Additionally, nearly $120,000 in sponsorships were raised through this year’s event. This is the most the show has ever raised and will go […]

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Colonial Downs’ Resurgence Good News For Barrel Racers?

The Thoroughbred farms and breeding businesses in Middleburg and Charlottesville, Va., weren’t the only equine operations hoping for an economic boost from the new season at Colonial Downs. The return of flat racing to the Virginia track has also fueled economic development elsewhere in New Kent County.  For Holly Alexander and business partner Stella Follett, […]

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