Over 50 connections of horses running in Friday and Saturday's Breeders' Cup races have pledged a portion of their runners' earnings to New Vocations, the largest racehorse adoption program in the country.
Now in its 11th year, the annual pledge has raised over $650,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program's rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts.
“We pledged for two reasons: We love the New Vocations model of repurposing these magnificent Thoroughbreds for a new life, and it's the right thing to do,” said owner B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift Farm.
“The New Vocations program is the best,” said owner Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Stables. “They excel at assessing the individual horse and placing them in the most suitable new homes. Some of their success stories with our retired racehorses are truly inspiring.”
Pledge participants to date include Albaugh Family Stables, Bass Stables, Bethlehem Stables LLC, Bob Baffert, Breeze Easy LLC, China Horse Club Inc, CJ Thoroughbreds, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, eFive Racing, John and Diane Fradkin, Gatsas Stables, Tim Hamm, Harrell Ventures LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Heider Family Stables, R.A. Hill Stables, Michael Hui, Klaravich Stables, Robert V. LaPenta, LNJ Foxwoods, Madaket Stables LLC, Richard Mandella, Michael McCarthy, Peter Miller, Monomoy Stables, H. Graham Motion, MyRacehorse Stable, Todd Pletcher, Repole Stable, River Oak Farm, Kirk and Judy Robison, Sackatoga Stable, Domenic Savides, SF Racing LLC, Siena Farm, Jack Sisterson, Spendthrift Farm, Starlight Racing, Stonestreet Stables, Damon Thayer, The Elkstone Group LLC, Three Diamonds Farm, Wertheimer et Frere and WinStar Farm.
“Breeders' Cup is a very exciting time of year for our industry and a great opportunity for New Vocations to share its commitment to aftercare with a world-wide audience,” said Anna Ford, the New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “We are thankful for the large number of owners and trainers who are pledging their support of New Vocations mission. Funds raised through the Pledge are vital as the number of horses needing our services this year continues to grow. The Pledge is a win-win situation for all involved, most importantly the horses we all love so much.”
In its 28 years, New Vocations has placed over 7,000 racehorses, and currently serves nearly 500 annually. With facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New York, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options
New Vocations will continue to seek pledges from connections until Nov. 7. All pledge information can be found at www.newvocations.org/donate.