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Headed by American Pharoah’s Baffert, Zayat Stables, over $110,000 raised for New Vocations

New Vocations announced that over $110,000 was pledged by Thoroughbred owners and trainers during their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge fundraiser.

Leading the extensive list of supporters was American Pharoah’s connections of Zayat Stables and Bob Baffert, as well as Stopchargingmaria’s team of Town and Country Racing and trainer Todd Pletcher. Owners and trainers who participated in the fundraising effort pledged a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations’ mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses.

This was the sixth consecutive year for the pledge and over $380,000 has been raised to date.

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“We are more than happy to support such a worthy cause as providing proper aftercare to our horses is very important to our team” said Shannon Potter Town and Country’s racing manager. “New Vocations does an amazing job taking in hundreds of retired racehorses each year and giving them a second career.”

The owners and/or trainers who supported this year’s pledge included Alto Racing, Al Shaqab Racing, Bob Baffert, Bradley Thoroughbreds, Conquest Stables, Michael Dubb, Bobby Flay, Mark Hennig, Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Head of Plains, Eddie Kenneally, Michael E. Kisber, Solomon Kumin, Nelson McMakin, Sheep Pond Partners, Todd Pletcher, Matthew Schera, Philip Steinberg, Stonestreet Stables, Swift Thoroughbreds, Town and Country Racing, Twins Creeks Racing Stable, Wertheimer et Frere, West Point Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm, and Zayat Stables.

“This was our most successful pledge to date and we are very grateful for all the owners and trainers who chose to participate,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We were truly blessed to have the connections of both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff participate in the pledge this year. We really appreciate the much-needed support as the number of horses needing our services continues to grow; the funds raised will allow us to serve even more horses.”

New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses looking for new careers in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio 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. Currently, the program leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses a year. 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. The focus is on adoption verses retirement to address the large number of horses leaving the track each year.

Through education and adoption, each horse gets a purpose and a home. For more information on New Vocations and how to support the program, visit www.newvocations.org.

From New Vocations Communications

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