TAKE THE LEAD Press Release
The TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program (TTL), a division of TAKE2, was represented by seven graduates at the Retired Racehorse Project’s recently completed TCA Thoroughbred Makeover in Lexington, Ky. Hard DSC and Win The Shake were retired through New Vocations; All My Brothers, Golden Giant, Inspector Henning, Ragnar Lothbrok, and You Betcha were retired through ReRun.
Trainers from all over the country prepare retired racehorses to compete in the 10 disciplines featured at the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover: barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunter, freestyle, polo, ranch work, show hunter, and show jumper. The horses must have been in training at the track within the last year (although an extension was granted to the class of 2020, when the event was canceled due to COVID-19). More than 500 Thoroughbreds were registered to compete in this year’s TCA Makeover, where the horses from 2020 and 2021 competed separately.
“We are proud to see our horses taking part in this wonderful event,” said TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfiore. “The TCA Makeover clearly demonstrates the versatility of retired racehorses, who excel not only in our TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper competitions, but in so many other second careers. Thoroughbreds can do just about anything.”
All My Brothers: 2020 Show Jumpers (38 entries), 14th
Golden Giant: 2020 Show Hunters (43) & 2020 Show Jumpers (38), 17th/12th
Hard DSC: 2021 Dressage (86), 38th
Inspector Henning: 2021 Eventing (56) & 2021 Dressage (86), 28th/21st
Ragnar Lothbrok: 2020 Eventing (33) & 2020 Show Jumpers (38), 21st*/26th*
Win The Shake: 2020 Show Hunters (43), 5th
You Betcha: 2020 Field Hunters (9) & 2020 Show Jumpers (38), 5th/5th**
*Third in the Junior Division
The TAKE THE LEAD Program was established in 2013 by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to assist New York’s owners and trainers with finding homes for retired racehorses. To date, more than 850 horses have transitioned to happy and productive second careers through TAKE THE LEAD. The program has contributed more than $1.25 million to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organizations since its inception.