thoroughbred retirement

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Replacing ‘A Warrior And A Mascot’

It was a snowy, chilly morning at Keeneland this past Saturday, probably no different than the hundreds of racetrack mornings Arch Rivalry had experienced before. The barn was buzzing with activity with horses being walked, stalls being cleaned and tack being set. Arch Rivalry was taking it all in. But as the saddle was hoisted […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Lucky’ Not Once But Twice

It was 2008 and a recently retired race filly named Lucky Starlite was sitting in the Enumclaw Stockyards in the state of Washington. Just three years prior she had been at a much different sale – the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mixed Sale – where she RNAed for $1,700. In between she had a brief […]

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New NYRA Initiative: Horseplayers Can Donate Winnings To Thoroughbred Aftercare

Horseplayers cashing winning tickets at New York Racing Association tracks can now share their good fortune with retired Thoroughbreds by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at self-service AmTote betting terminals. Beginning on Wood Memorial Day, Saturday, April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack, horseplayers cashing a winning ticket through a self-service terminal will be prompted […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Warmblood With A ‘Thoroughbred Work Ethic’

Usually the horses featured in Aftercare Spotlight have found second careers under saddle in non-racing disciplines. Some of them jump or perform dressage; others run barrels, chase cattle, do police work or play polo. This week’s featured horse found her calling in a different arena. Actually, her calling is not in an arena at all, […]

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Thoroughbred Incentive Program Unveils Winners Of Performance Awards

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, today announced the winners and other placings from its 2017 performance awards program. The performance awards recognize Thoroughbreds accumulating the most points at all horse shows in each of the award […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Healing Arenas

Most of us have heard the term “killing two birds with one stone.” The premise, to accomplish two goals with a single act, is one to which Julie Baker has dedicated her life. As president of Healing Arenas in Modesto, Calif., Baker helps Thoroughbreds make the transition from racing to their second careers, and in […]

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HBPA Panel: Aftercare Not Only ‘Right Thing To Do,’ But Positive Marketing

Taking care of retired racehorses not only is the ethical thing to do but is good marketing, a panel Thursday told the audience at the National HBPA Convention at the Astor Crowne Plaza. “We want to show the public that our industry cares for our horses,” said Jessica Hammond, program administrator for Beyond the Wire, Maryland Thoroughbred […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Kickin’ It Kiwi

Picture this: horses are galloping along a beach, their hooves splashing in the surf and their manes whipping in the sea breeze. Their riders guide them along the sandy coastline, perfectly manicured to a smooth, soft surface by the ever-lapping waves. After a walk into the ocean to cool off and sooth their muscles, it’s […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Trippi’ Of A Lifetime

So often when attending the races or even watching them on TV, we see a horse that catches our eye. Maybe it’s the horse’s color, size or build, or maybe it’s his or her presence as he jiggy-jogs around the paddock and through the post parade. How many times does someone actually get to take […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘Sidesaddle Sarah’ Not Afraid Of A Little Speed

When one hears the term “sidesaddle,” it likely evokes images of a demure woman outfitted in a wool coat and skirt sitting atop her mannerly steed as they gracefully canter through the countryside. While the classic riding style dates back hundreds of years, it has earned a beloved niche in the modern world of English […]

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