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New Vocations is the recipient of a $15,000 ASPCA grant

New Vocations gets grant; Klassy Briefcase dies

New Vocations wins ASPCA grant (Press Release) Marysville, Ohio – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced Sept. 24 that a $15,000 grant has been awarded by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to aid the non-profit program in rehabilitating Thoroughbreds off the racetrack. “The number one reason horses retire from the track is due to some type of injury,” says Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “The majority of the horses we receive need to be rehabilitated from an injury prior to being retrained and re-homed. Unfortunately, the rehabilitation process requires a lot of […]

Anna K. Roberts and Benny. Photo by Maggie Kimmitt

After their last race together comes a new dance

Anna K. Roberts coolly surveyed the good-looking colt as she readied to mount up for a race at Ellis Park. It was a hot day in Henderson, Ky., and Benziger, a bay brown Thoroughbred, was the 9-5 favorite back in August 2011. But to the young jockey, who was fresh from the North American Racing Academy, the aloof animal didn’t strike her one way or the other; they were there to do a job, and that was pretty much it. “I liked him well enough in the post parade, but he was just a horse I was riding in a […]

Handsomely was spotted last week at an auction in Texas

Rescued racehorse goes to jock who loved him

No sooner had the dusty black Thoroughbred landed at the Texas livestock auction Sept. 18, his old friends came running to help. Within 24-hours, Handsomely was identified by his lip tattoo, and rescued with the help of a jockey who won her first race on the good-looking fella, and a past trainer who once pinned his hopes and aspirations on the fine figure of a horse. “In no time, I had enough money to buy him, pay for his quarantine and his feed,” says Donna Keen, of Remember Me Rescue of Texas. She notes that she was once again touched […]