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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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Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Announces Opening Of Satellite Facility In Illinois

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is pleased to announce the opening of its first satellite facility at The Ranch in Frankfort, IL ( The MMSC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on reschooling off-track Thoroughbreds by building a foundation of skill sets through its Horse Centered Reschooling Program(SM) prior to adoption to facilitate and […]

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Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Re-Homes Record 62 Thoroughbreds In 2016

In 2016, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in Lexington, KY, celebrated a record number of Thoroughbreds who were re-trained and adopted through its non-profit program. The year’s total of 62 re-homed off-track Thoroughbreds is an organization record. “Thoroughbreds are timeless; they have reigned supreme in equestrian sports,” said MMSC Director Susanna Thomas. “They are smart, […]

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Secretariat Center Awarded ASPCA Grant, To Launch Lay Up Component For OTTBs

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), located at the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to announce the award of a generous grant from the ASCPA to launch the MMSC’s Clean Start: Let Down and Lay Up project, an off-site program for Thoroughbreds coming directly off the track that need rest and rehabilitation prior to being […]

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The Duchess And The OTTBs

Street Art is a rangy chestnut who seems much bigger than his 16.3 hands. He’s a follower more than a leader, as evidenced by his race record. He raced twice; once, he failed to officially finish and the other time, he entered the stretch nearly 50 lengths behind and was eased, walking across the finish […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: An Ambassador for the Breed

Sometimes the best way to tell a story is to just get out of the way and let it tell itself. So I’m doing that in this week’s Three Chimneys Good News Friday feature. The following is an email sent to Susanna Thomas, the director of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center at […]

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