More Than $110,000 Raised for Retired Racehorses in Breeders' Cup Pledge

Melissa Bauer-Herzog/America's Best Racing

Two days after the final Breeders’ Cup race was run at Santa Anita, Thoroughbred aftercare received a major boost from the results when New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced that more than $110,000 was raised through its Breeders' Cup Pledge.

In the weeks before the Breeders’ Cup, New Vocations reached out to horsemen with entries in the race to ask them to donate to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited program with 50 connections pledging a piece of their purse money to New Vocations.

Among others, those who pledged a percentage of their purses included trainers Bob Baffert, Graham Motion, Richard Mandella, and Todd Pletcher; owners Calumet Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Erik Johnson, and Starlight Racing; and jockeys Sophie Doyle, Mike Smith, and John Velazquez. In its 10th year, it was a record-breaking success for New Vocations, who will use the money to increase the number of horses they help.

“This year’s Pledge has been by far been our most successful, as we saw an increase in participation and doubled the funds raised,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations program director.  “We are so grateful for all the owners, trainers and jockeys who generously joined the Pledge.  All of the funding raised will go directly to support our aftercare efforts and will allow us to increase the number of horses we serve.”

This year’s Pledge donors included the connections of six winning horses with both the owners and trainer of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso among those who donated.

To learn more about the work New Vocations does, visit

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