Connections of Breeders’ Cup Starters Pledge to Give Back

  After raising $47,000 in pledges from the 2009 Breeders’ Cup, New Vocations is well on its way to doing the same if not more this year. Owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup starters have been asked to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations’ mission to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses.

  With both owners and trainers pledging this year there will be over 18 horses running that have a chance to give back. So far, E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s R Heat Lightning, Robert V LaPenta and Whitehorse Stable’s Cool Coal Man, Sisters in Racing Stable and Jeff Siskin’s Romp, Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield, Three Chimneys Farm LLC’s Miss Keller and trainers Todd Pletcher, Nick Zito, and Eddie Kenneally are among the growing list of connections making a pledge.  New Vocations will continue taking pledges until the start of Friday’s races.

  “We are extremely grateful to have owners and trainers who truly care about the welfare of their horses beyond racing, make a pledge to support our efforts,” explained Program Director Anna Ford.  “We are flooded with requests from owners wanting to get their retired racehorses into our program. The need for our service continues to grow but unfortunately our funding has not, which is why this Pledge Campaign is so important.”

  New Vocations hopes that this tremendous act of generosity will not only generate much needed funds, but also raise the public’s awareness of the racehorse adoption effort during the Breeders’ Cup.  With thousands of horses leaving the tracks each year, there is an ever growing need to support programs like New Vocations. For more information contact Anna Ford at

About New Vocations

  In 1992 New Vocations first opened their barn doors to retired racehorses looking for new careers. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to have six facilities, which are located in: Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and soon to be in Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for their retiring racehorses. Their soul mission is to stand in the gap for retiring racehorses and provide skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts. These horses are then placed in experienced, loving homes that will continue their education so each has a skill and therefore a future.  Currently the program places an average of 300 horses a year.  New Vocations has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. Their focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. For more information visit

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