A growing list of prominent owners, trainers, and jockeys are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its 10th year, the pledge has raised more than $550,000, with 100% of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming efforts.
“I’ve been a longtime supporter of New Vocations as aftercare of retired racehorses is extremely important to me and they do a great job,” said owner Mike Repole. “Having Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic is very fortunate and joining the pledge is my opportunity to give back. Our number one responsibility as owners is to take care of all these amazing horses."
“I'm delighted to support the New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge as its only right that we look after our racehorses like they look after us when we race,” said jockey Sophie Doyle. “I personally own a retired racehorse and know it's crucial that they receive proper aftercare to ensure a happy second career.”
To date, 50 Championship contenders with prominent connection have pledged a percentage of their Breeders’ Cup earnings. Pledge participants include Leigh Anderson-Butler, Bethlehem Stables LLC, Bob Baffert, Calumet Farm, Cheyenne Stables, China Horse Club International Ltd, Crawford Farms, Sophie Doyle, Donegal Racing, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, John D. Fielding, Gatsas Stables, Golconda Stables, Haras D'Eterham, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, Michael M. Hui, Hinkle Farms, Erik Johnson, JSM Equine LLC, Eddie Kenneally, Klaravich Stables, Robert V. LaPenta, Little Red Feather Racing, LNJ Foxwoods, Lawana and Robert Low, Madaket Stables LLC, Richard Mandella, Graham Motion, MyRaceHorse Stable, Jorge and Jen Navarro, Todd Pletcher, Ashley Quartarolo, R.A. Hill Stable, Ron Paolucci Racing LLC, Repole Stable, SF Bloodstock, Mike Smith, St. Elias Stable LLC, Starlight Racing, Stonestreet Stables, The Elkstone Group LLC, Three Diamonds Farm, John Velazquez, West Point Thoroughbreds, and WinStar Farm.
“During a time when our industry is under a microscope, we are proud to spotlight the owners, trainers and jockeys who truly care about the welfare of their horses and are pledging their support of New Vocations aftercare efforts,” New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford said. “Funds raised through the Pledge are vital as the number of horses needing our rehabbing, retraining and rehoming services continues to grow. The Pledge is a win-win situation for all involved, most importantly the horses we all love so much.”
New Vocations will continue to seek pledges from connections until November 2nd. All Pledge information can be found at www.newvocations.org.