The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program has unveiled a new year-end award designed to highlight the role of accredited aftercare organizations in creating second careers for retired racehorses, it was announced Monday. The TAKE2 Jet Run Award will honor the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League High-Point Hunter and Jumper that has graduated from an aftercare program accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance or affiliated with the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
The award is named for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame inductee who captured three Gold Medals in the Pan American Games for two different countries. Maryland-bred Jet Run was unplaced in seven starts and earned just $96 on the racetrack, but turned into a superstar in his second career.
“Jet Run epitomizes the potential of retired racehorses,” TAKE2 President Rick Violette Jr. said. “Those of us who have a lifelong love of Thoroughbreds know how amazing and versatile these athletes are. Accredited aftercare organizations play a vital role in bringing out their potential, giving them the retraining they need after they leave the track and ensuring they find they right homes when they are ready to be adopted. We want to applaud their contributions with this new award.”
For more information about the Jet Run Award, email TAKE2.