Four members of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League, alumni of three different aftercare programs, are in the early running for the inaugural TAKE2 Jet Run Award, the organization announced Wednesday. The Jet Run Award was created last year to highlight the role of aftercare organizations in the successful second careers of retired racehorses. It is open to all TAKE2 League members who are graduates of an aftercare program accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and/or an approved grant recipient of Thoroughbred Charities of America.
“Highlighting successful retrained Thoroughbreds is very important to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and to its supporters and partners in the Thoroughbred Industry,” said Stacie Clark, Operations Consultant for the TAA. “Being a part of the TAKE2 Jet Run Award is an honor for the TAA. All three of these programs represent the Gold Standard of accredited aftercare and retraining. TAKE2 has been a great partner for the TAA and an advocate for the best for Thoroughbreds after racing.”
The four current candidates for the award all compete in the TAKE2 Hunter division. Leading the quartet is Courtney Safadi’s Southern Charm (Curlin), an unraced 6-year-old son bred by the renowned Stonestreet Stables who was the division champ during three weeks of the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
Also in the running for the Jet Run Award are Andrea Guzinski’s Insight (Bernardini), Louise Riggio’s Patrick Henry (Unbridled’s Song), and Madison Matthews’ Solsbury (Lion Hearted).