New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge Raises Over $140,000


Brad Cox, right, greets his Classic winner | Horsephotos

An early estimate of funds raised during the New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge totals more than $140,000. A record eight horses with pledging connections, including GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner Knicks Go (Paynter), won their championship races over the two-day Breeders' Cup event. Additional pledges are still coming in and final donations are still being tallied.

“It was truly amazing to have eight pledged contenders win this year,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “We were thrilled with the number of owners and trainers who joined the Pledge to support our aftercare efforts and mission to rehab, retrain, and rehome these incredible equine athletes.”

Now in its 12th year, the Pledge has raised more than $940,000 for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, with 100% of funds going directly to support the program's efforts. The winning connections included trainer Brad Cox with Knicks Go; Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners with Aloha West (Hard Spun); China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, and Todd Pletcher with Life Is Good (Into Mischief); Coolmore with Golden Pal (Uncle Mo); Michael W. McCarthy with Ce Ce (Elusive Quality); Speedway Stables and Bob Baffert with Corniche (Quality Road); Bobby Flay with Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}); and Stonestreet Stables with Twilight Gleaming (Ire) (National Defense {GB}).

The 2021 Pledge participants also included Al Shaqab Racing, Albaugh Family Stables, Jim Bakke, Richard Baltas, Bonne Chance Farm, Bing Bush & the Abbondanza Racing Partners, Cannon Thoroughbreds, Bradley Thoroughbreds, DJ Stable, Michael Dubb, Brad Grady, Hat Creek Racing, LNJ Foxwoods, Paulo H. Lobo, Madaket Stables, Kenny McPeek, Elizabeth M. Merryman, Peter Miller, MyRacehorse, Patricia's Hope LLC, Richard Ravin, Larry Rivelli, J. Kirk & Judy Robison, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, SF Racing, Joe Sharp, Siena Farm, Spendthrift Farm, St. Elias Stable, Starlight Racing, Stud RDI, Three Diamonds Farm, Treadway Racing Stable, West Point Thoroughbreds, and White Birch Farm.

For more information about the Pledge or New Vocations, visit or e-mail [email protected]


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