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An increasing number of owners and trainers represented by runners in this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup are pledging a percentage of any winnings to support New Vocations’ mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. Over the course of the last seven years, the Pledge has raised over $380,000, with all funds going to support the program’s aftercare efforts.
“WinStar Farm is happy to participate in the pledge again this year,” said Elliott Walden President and CEO of WinStar Farm. “We’ve worked with New Vocations for a while now because they believe in ensuring the top care and opportunities for a racehorse to have a second career. Aftercare is a very important topic, and I hope more owners and trainers will consider making a pledge.”
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A total of 42 contenders have their owners and/or trainers pledging their support, including Good Samaritan, owned by China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock and WinStar Farm; and the amazing comeback mare Lady Eli owned by Head of Plains. Additional owners and trainers taking part in the Pledge are Al Shaqab Racing, Bob Baffert, Gary Barber, Donegal Racing, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Jay Em Ess Stable, Klaravich Stables, Sol Kumin, Let’s Go Stable, LNJ Foxwoods, Thomas Morley, Graham Motion, Doug O’Neill, Todd A. Pletcher, Joe Sharp, R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbreds Racing, Kathy Ritvo, SF Bloodstock, Sheep Pond Partners, David Simon, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Treadway Racing Stable, Jan Vandebos-Naify, Adam Wachtel, Dave Weaver, West Point Thoroughbreds Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC.
“We are truly blessed to have such a great list of owners and trainers who understand the importance of Thoroughbred aftercare,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “Funds raised through the Pledge are vital as the number of horses needing our services continues to grow. The more money we raise, the more horses we can serve. The Pledge is a win-win situation for owners, trainers and the horses we all love so much.”
New Vocations will continue to seek additional pledges through Friday. Information can be found at www.newvocations.org/breeders-cup-pledge.