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When I arrived at the Retired Racehorse Project’s (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Kentucky Horse Park was already buzzing that evening.

Though the event didn’t officially start until Wednesday morning, more than 450 recently retired Thoroughbreds had made their way to Lexington, Ky. After passing a mandatory wellness exam upon arrival, show-week preparations began as their riders took them to check out the grounds and prepare for the week ahead.

THE ARRIVAL EXAM

When retired Grade 1-winning jockey Rosie Napravnik pulled into the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday with her three Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America horses, she had a feeling she’d be going to Saturday’s Finale.

She was right – she just picked the wrong horse when naming Bethel Wildcat as the horse most likely to get her there.

As racing fans flock to Keeneland later this week to attend the track’s fall meet, across town former racehorses will be showing off the versatility of Thoroughbreds at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover on Oct. 2 - 5.

A well-traveled racehorse, Worthy of Wings is the perfect example of all the best qualities of a warhorse-turned OTTB.

Starting her racing career in the United States in 2008 as a 3-year-old, she ran in the U.S. until the fall of 2014 when she was sent to Puerto Rico. Worthy of Wings held her own in her new location, winning every year until 2018. It was at that point that her connections decided Worthy of Wings was ready to retire after 138 starts.

A regular on the stakes circuit, when it came time for multiple graded stakes winner and Canadian millionaire Tower of Texas to retire his connections knew he’d always have a home with them.

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