Horse owners, racetracks partner for aftercare

retired racehorses

It would be interesting to see what “aftercare” will actually mean. Will the horses be provided a sanctuary where they will be well cared for the rest of their days unless they are adopted out to caring families? That of course would be one of the best things that could happen. And it looks like that might be the case. If anyone knows details, be sure to share in the comments section with us. ~ HfH

From: The Courier Journal
By: Gregory A. Hall

retired racehorses

A partnership of horsemen, Churchill Downs and Keeneland Race Course will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance founded by Louisville native Jack Wolf. Wolf, and his wife Laurie Wolf, pose with a retired thoroughbred at New Vocations thoroughbred retraining and adoption center in Lexington in 2013.
(Photo: The Courier-Journal)

A partnership announced Wednesday between thoroughbred owners and Kentucky’s two most prominent racetracks will provide up to $10 for each horse running at Churchill Downs or Keeneland Race Course beginning with their spring meets.

The deal, which involves the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association that represents owners and trainers and the two tracks, allows owners to contribute $5 for each start by a horse of theirs at one of the tracks and that donation would be matched by the respective track. Owners electing not to participate can notify the horsemen’s bookkeeper at the track.

The money will go to the Lexington-based Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which serves as both an accrediting body for facilities that care for thoroughbreds following their racing careers and a fundraising body to support the approved facilities. One of the major forces behind the industry collaboration was Louisville’s Jack Wolf, the co-managing partner of Starlight Racing who is the aftercare alliance’s founder and former board president.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Sue

    I know of one FL rescue which supposedly takes TB off the track and rehabs them. They are TAA accredited. However, I have personal, first hand info that they do not even check on TB who may be in danger.

    April 7, 2015
  • mustang man

    As usual the TB industry is taking another step towards making things better for their equine athletes, not perfect, yet but light years ahead of the whining advocates drinking their starbucks but dont have $5.00 a month for their local rescue and 16 hours of volunteer time but they have unlimited time to complain about nobody caring.

    April 8, 2015
    • MS

      You said it! $5.00 a month, even! PLEASE!

      April 11, 2015
  • Cynthia

    Mustang Man, yes, this is a great step forward and a trend I see continuing. But I do know plenty of advocates that don’t whine, that DO contribute, and DO volunteer. Just as in racing, not everyone is bad.

    April 9, 2015
  • MS

    YES! I had to blink at least twice — I couldn’t believe what I was reading — I am so proud, so relieved to know that there are some (I hope more than 50%) who are not only rational and even-keeled but understanding & compassionate — no matter, thank you to Jack Wolf and all those who came on board — it’s a wonderful and right decision! (I just learned that has been going for 3 yrs already)

    April 11, 2015