NYTHA Establishes Equine Retirement Program

The NYTHA has launched a retirement program for Thoroughbreds stabled at New York Racing Association tracks.

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The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) has launched a retirement program for Thoroughbreds stabled at New York Racing Association tracks.

Called "Take The Lead," the program will partner with established aftercare programs to provide rehabilitation and retraining placements for racehorses when they are ready to begin second careers, according to a New York THA release.

"New York’s owners and trainers are committed to providing aftercare for retired racehorses," New York THA president Rick Violette Jr. said in a statement. "NYTHA has always lent its support to organizations like New Vocations and the Exceller Fund, and Take The Lead will enhance our efforts to ensure safe and happy new homes for our horses."

In order to be eligible for the program, a horse must be registered with The Jockey Club and stabled with a trainer who is based at a NYRA track for a minimum of six months annually. Intact males are not eligible, and are required to be gelded at the owner’s expense

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