Some big name Thoroughbred got their just deserts after years of racing, and many trips into the winner’s circle.
In Marysville, Ohio, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption welcomed million-dollar-earner and graded stakes winner Gourmet Dinner to the fold.
The beautiful bay gelding was retired through a collaboration with the NYTHA’s Take the Lead Program, which strives to help Thoroughbreds who retire in New York find a soft landing.
And in Georgetown, Ky., Old Friends welcomed four Thoroughbreds previously owned by Drawing Away Stables, including Photon, who earned more than $300,000, Z Dager, a multiple graded stakes placed horse who earned more than $150,000, Litigate, who earned close to $200,000, and Sokitumi Samurai, who earned more than $250,000.
All four are in “excellent health” since arriving to Old Friends 11 days ago from a layup facility, says Blowen, who notes they had previously resided at an auxiliary facility for Old Friends.
There are plans to evaluate the horses to determine suitability for re-training, he adds. “They’re all just doing wonderfully,” says Blowen. “We’re going to wait and let them tell us if they want to go on to another career.”
By the same token, Gourmet Dinner will also be given a big rest at New Vocations before entering into training for a future career, according to a press release from New Vocations.
Richard Schosberg, a member of the NYTHA Boar, says it was an honor to help transition Gourmet Dinner into a post-racing career.
“We have sent over 130 horses to TAA accredited aftercare facilities for second careers since our inception, “Schosberg says . “It was an honor when Billy Terrill asked us to include Gourmet Dinner in the program and to have him sent to New Vocations. He’s a very cool horse and has accomplished so much on the track.
“We are extremely happy that he is with New Vocations as the care and love they give these retirees is truly a blessing. He will make someone a fantastic riding horse.” ♥