New Vocations, the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country, has kicked off its 11th annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge in support of Thoroughbred aftercare. The program, which has raised over $650,000 for aftercare, is seeking owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their Breeders’ Cup earnings to New Vocations for the rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming of retired racehorses.
“The need for our services continues to grow each year,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “This year, in particular, has been very challenging due to the obstacles presented by COVID-19. Over the last decade, we have grown this Pledge into an extremely important fundraiser and we had our most successful year yet in 2019, raising over $130,000. We hope to have another record-breaking year in 2020 and are so grateful for the generous contributions of our donors who have continued to support and value our program. The Pledge is a great way for owners and trainers to give back and support New Vocations’ aftercare efforts.”
In 2019, over 50 Breeders’ Cup contenders had connections who pledged a percentage of their Championship Day earnings. Six were winners of their respective races: Vino Rosso (Curlin), British Idiom (Flashback), Sharing (Speightstown), Covfefe (Into Mischief), Uni (GB) (More Than Ready), and Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway).