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Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:42 am
by Insane Crazy
Working on a little project and it involves OTTBs! I'm looking for a list or even just a handful of famous/well-known racehorses who ended up going onto something else after racing (that isn't, obviously, breeding). I suspect this will be almost exclusively geldings, but a cursory Google didn't bring up a large list.

I'm open to anything -- track ponies aren't exactly what I'm looking for, but I'm still interested to know! Same with second career ambassadors like Cigar and JohnHenry at KHP. The holy grail though would be horses like Kelso, who went on to a hunter-jumper career, or a horse like Scrappy T whose second career owner shared pics of him under saddle here a few years ago.

"Well known" doesn't need to mean MGSW or anything, but horses with notoriety outside of a hardened track veteran. Scrappy T, again, is a good example.

Any help would be appreciated!

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:19 am
by Squeaky
Icabad Crane has been retrained by Olympian Phillip Dutton as a successful event horse and is now being competed by his daughter Olivia. He was third in Preakness awhile back and won over 600k. More on Icabad Crane Facebook page.

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:29 am
by MySaladDays
The list is actually very long, in the thousands. W/out a database would take years to list.

You may want to narrow your project to more specificity, like "horses who ran in the KY Derby" or something.

You might contact the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP). I know they keep some records. Also, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program , the Paddock Foundation, and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Ones I can think of are:
Icabad Crane
Sam P. (ran 9th in KY Derby against Street Sense)
Discreet Dancer
Exponential
Mr. Hot Stuff
Exploring
Scenic Blast

A list that would also bring more consciousness to people would be a list of ex racehorses who are found in kill pens, and rescued, like Clever Allemont. There are more than you would think.

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:51 pm
by Insane Crazy
Squeaky wrote:Icabad Crane has been retrained by Olympian Phillip Dutton as a successful event horse and is now being competed by his daughter Olivia. He was third in Preakness awhile back and won over 600k. More on Icabad Crane Facebook page.

Perfect! Thank you.

MySaladDays wrote:The list is actually very long, in the thousands. W/out a database would take years to list.

You may want to narrow your project to more specificity, like "horses who ran in the KY Derby" or something.

You might contact the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP). I know they keep some records. Also, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program , the Paddock Foundation, and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Ones I can think of are:
Icabad Crane
Sam P. (ran 9th in KY Derby against Street Sense)
Discreet Dancer
Exponential
Mr. Hot Stuff
Exploring
Scenic Blast

A list that would also bring more consciousness to people would be a list of ex racehorses who are found in kill pens, and rescued, like Clever Allemont. There are more than you would think.

Thanks for your thoughts! I don't need a comprehensive list for this project -- just a robust/interesting one. Horses people would go, "ohh!" And want to know more about. The Icabad Cranes and Mr. Hot Stuffs of the world...for example, I'm not familiar with Exploring, and I'm guessing most non-racing fans would be even less so.

I know New Vocations, Steuart Pittman, et al probably keep records on their own horses, but I already have plans for reaching out to these organizations. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

I spend most of my time working for and with OTTBs in an aftercare organization, so I'm painfully aware of how many OTTBs end up in dire straights and in kill pens. That's a very worthwhile project indeed, and a huge focus of my day-to-day. :) Blazing Colors Farm, a Canadian outfit that breeds colorful TB sporthorses, recently picked up an OTTB from a kill pen who was just in awful condition. They recently took him to his first show and he looks like a million bucks. They have a pretty strong following, so it's great to see them raising awareness even in a for-profit situation.

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:42 pm
by TouchOfGrey
In the Saratoga Special, they have a Photo of the Day feature that highlights retired racehorses that have went on to other careers.

From today's issue:

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Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:51 pm
by Insane Crazy
TouchOfGrey wrote:In the Saratoga Special, they have a Photo of the Day feature that highlights retired racehorses that have went on to other careers.

From today's issue:

Image

Oh! This is a lovely feature. Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna go peek every day.

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:15 pm
by Curtis
I believe Kelso had a long career in Dressage? There was a multiple G1 winner back in the '70's named Stardust Mel who had a very accomplished career as a jumper. He ended up with Sandy Hawley's ex-wife. I think my own Border Run had some show experience as he's as steady as they come under English tack but I've never been able to confirm that.

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:49 pm
by lurkey mclurker
I imagine he wasn't at all a *well-known* racehorse, but Idle Dice was an OTTB turned world-class champion jumper for Rodney Jenkins (who now trains racehorses, LOL)...

http://www.pedigreequery.com/idle+dice2

He was a gorgeous boy, always on the cover of my horse mags when I was a younger girl. :mrgreen:

ETA: And apparently Jet Run started 7 times too before his magnificent show jumping career.

http://www.pedigreequery.com/jet+run

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:51 pm
by mariasmon
Songster is now a stable pony for Albertrani, after some other stops in between.

Re: Well-known racehorses who went on to second careers

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:13 pm
by sweettalk
mariasmon wrote:Songster is now a stable pony for Albertrani, after some other stops in between.

i wondered where he was. glad he's safe :)