(Press Release)— New Vocations announced today that former Gulfstream Park Handicap G2 winner Discreet Dancer will be competing in the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Challenge held at Pimlico Race Course on October 5th. The challenge is part of the Thoroughbred Makeover, a marketplace and symposium run by the Thoroughbred Training Project.
Discreet Dancer is one of 10 Thoroughbreds chosen for the challenge, which will consist of 10 different horse-and-rider combo teams and riding disciplines. His designated discipline is jumping and his rider team consists of New Vocations and former Olympic rider, Armand Leone, who provided Discreet Dancer with a solid jumping foundation for the event. The team is sponsored by Discreet Dancer’s former racing owner, Robsham Stables.
“I am very excited about participating and demonstrating that Thoroughbreds are still the most athletic and intelligent breed of horse,” shared Leone. “Working with Dancer has been an absolute pleasure, as nothing compares with the stride, balance and power of a Thoroughbred.”
Sire: Discreet Cat
Dam: West Side Dancer
Foal date: April 11, 2009
Earnings: On October 5th, the 10 teams will be given a chance to show off what their Thoroughbred has learned in their new discipline. With a total of $10,000 in prize money available to the winners, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite horse at retiredracehorseproject.org. New Vocations is currently spreading the word to vote for Discreet Dancer in hopes of winning the challenge and thus receiving much-needed funds to help with their ongoing aftercare efforts.
“We feel very blessed to have such a strong team,” explained New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We have Discreet Dancer, the talented athlete, paired with an Olympic rider and generously supported by Robsham Stables. If we win the challenge, it would truly be the cherry on top and ultimately would allow us to help more horses retiring from the track.”
New Vocations continues to lead the nation in racehorse adoptions. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to have six facilities located in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. The program 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 sole mission is to provide non-competitive, often injured racehorses with a peaceful environment and skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts and therefore, a future. For more information, visit their website at www.newvocations.org. ♥