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With just two weeks away the Derby buzz is in full motion.  Over the next couple weeks there will be many stories surrounding the derby contenders and their connections.  It is New Vocations hope that Z Fortune’s story might get picked up by both print and televised media sources.  The story is simple yet touches on a lot of different issues surrounding the current state of Thoroughbred racing. It also sheds light on the state of the horseracing economy and as well as why there is such a huge need for Thoroughbred adoption programs.   This may be the first time that a Kentucky Derby contender has been made available publicly for adoption.   Z Fortune’s story is a perfect example of an owner and trainer doing right by their horse.  To make the story even better the same owner trainer combination will have another chance to win the Kentucky Derby this year with Nehro. 

Below is a brief summary of Z Fortune’s Story.

In 2008, Z Fortune was well on his way to being a major contender in the Kentucky Derby.  He won the LeComte Stakes and came second in the Risen Star Stakes and Arkansas Derby.  In the Kentucky Derby he ran 10th to Big Brown.  Following the Derby he went on to race eight more times and never ran for a tag.  With earnings of $432,000 in 15 starts Z Fortune was retired in the fall of 2010.  He was sent to a farm in Lexington to relax while his owner, Ahmed Zayat, decided what the next stage in his life would be.  After having the winter off, Mr. Zayat decided that it would be best if Z Fortune to be gelded and then placed in a home where he could excel in a new career.   It was shortly after this decision that the connections of Zayat Stables contacted New Vocations to see if they would be interested in taking the newly gelded Z Fortune into the program.  The program quickly accepted and were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a horse with such a prestigious resume.  Z Fortune then went directly to New Vocations Lexington, KY facility. Over the last month he has started receiving transitional training for a second career as a riding horse.  Z Fortune is not only a big beautiful gray gelding but he has also proven to have a great disposition.  He has taken to his retirement well and seems eager to learn. So far it appears that he should be suitable as a pleasure mount or even some lower level competition that doesn’t involve jumping.   He has an arthritic ankle (has been evaluated and x-rayed) that he has remained sound on with flat work. 

Z Fortune is officially available for adoption for a $700 adoption fee with a $800 donation.  His information is posted on the New Vocations website at www.horseadoption.com
.  Interested individuals will be required to fill out an application online at www.horseadoption.com and should indicate their interest in him on the application.   Following this year’s Kentucky Derby, all applications will be reviewed and an individual will be chosen to adopt Z Fortune.  As with all New Vocation adoptions, a thorough background check will be done to ensure the best suitable home for Z Fortune.  During this time we ask for everyone’s patience as we have already received numerous calls and e-mails.

Visit Our Booth At Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event!

Come support New Vocations by visiting our booth at the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky from April 28th - May 1st. The New Vocations booth will be located in the International Trade Fair inside the park and will be open from 9am - 5pm each day. We will be giving away t-shirts and hoodys with our brand new designs (see above image) along with our other merchandise for a monetary donation.  
To obtain detailed information on the event, directions to the horse park, and a park map, please visit the offical Rolex website.
We hope to see you there!

Reunion Tailgate For New Vocation Adopters At Rolex!

We are also excited to invite all adopters of  a New Vocations horse to visit our New Vocations Reunion Tailgate at section # 109 on April 30th at the Kentucky Horse Park during Rolex.  There will be snacks, drinks, and chairs to watch the cross country event.  Come visit us and other adopters.  We would love to hear how your adopted horse is doing. Look for the tent with the New Vocations banner.  We will also have maps at the New Vocations booth if needed.

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