The Minnesota Racing Commission authorized disbursement of $46,000 to three 501(c)(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations at its August meeting. The recipients include: Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions, This Old Horse and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. These new funds were generated by legislation passed in 2015 to direct fines collected via rulings issued at Canterbury Park and Running Aces to a special revenue fund supporting racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing.
Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoption, located in Rhame, N.D., will receive $40,000. BSCTA gives retired racehorses a safe-haven for rehabilitation and a second chance at a new adoptive home. This Old Horse, located in Hastings, Minn., will receive $5,400. They take aged and unwanted horses and act as a “retirement refuge.” Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, located in Farmington, N.Y., will receive $1,000. The purpose of this non-profit is to help racehorses whose racing careers were over.