Rancho Temescal Welcomes Non-Profit Fresh Start Sport Horses Retraining Program

Itsinthepost | Courtesy Fresh Start Sport Horses

Rancho Temescal, a leading Thoroughbred farm in Southern California, has opened the gates of its 6,000-acre property to house incoming tenant Fresh Start Sport Horses, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that retrains racehorses for alternative careers under the direction of founder and head trainer Cassandra Andersson. The move to relocate all Fresh Start horses and equipment from the group's former, five-acre leased facility in Agua Dulce is expected to be completed by Sept. 1, 2023.

“We are honored to welcome Fresh Start Sport Horses to our farm,” said Rancho Temescal President Tim Cohen. “My family has long operated under the philosophy of always care–not just after care–for our athletes. This exciting addition of Fresh Start and its wonderful retraining program will allow us to continue that commitment on a much more fundamental and meaningful level.”

Over the past seven years, approximately 50 horses campaigned by Red Baron's or owned by Rancho Temescal clients have been rehomed through the Fresh Start program.

These graduates range in status from $1,384,604-earner Itsinthepost (Fr) and $397,140-earner Si Sage (Fr), each of whom carried Red Baron's silks to multiple graded stakes victories, to the non-winners Fi Fi's Wild Heart and Endearing Suances, whose combined career earnings on the racetrack were just over $1,000.

“It is so rewarding to see our former racehorses thrive in their new careers, no matter how much talent they displayed on the track,” Cohen said. “So, when we learned recently that Fresh Start was considering closing their facilities due to a lack of resources, Red Baron's Barn jumped at the opportunity to provide significant funding and housing so Cassandra and her crew can continue their important work here at Rancho Temescal.”

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