We went 37 years without a Triple Crown Winner before American Pharoah stormed onto the scene in 2015. Could we possibly have another winner now, just three years later, in another Bob Baffert-trained colt? Our contender, the handsome chestnut Justify, will make his bid this Saturday at Belmont Park.
Not that we really need another reason to root for him, but as icing on the cake, Justify’s connections have pledged to donate a portion of their winnings to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.
Want to support thoroughbred aftercare yourself? Consider an OTTB when you’re in the market for your next eventing partner. Here are three currently available horses via New Vocations:
Longtime Friend could be just that for you! “Friend” is a sweet mare and the folks at New Vocations say she has a heart of gold. She’s extremely well-mannered on the ground and stands well for everything including vacuuming! Under saddle she can be a bit unsure and tense, but tried very hard to please. She last raced in June 2016 and had a bit of a rough time before coming to New Vocations, where she is now thriving. This mare is ready for someone with a kind, soft hand to be her best friend and bring her along.
Located in Medina, Ohio.
Despite some high-achieving bloodlines, Homewood Field isn’t as interested in racing as his relatives. He is, however, very happy being a riding horse and has taken to his new lifestyle very quickly. “Homewood” is very attentive and loves having one-on-one time with a person. He is coming along nicely with each and every ride and has shown to be responsive to aids and brave in new situations.
Located in Ballston Spa, New York.
Poor Dave, she’s got a bit of a misleading name given that she’s actually a lady! Dave is an Irish-born lass who was imported to the United States before making any starts. She never showed the gumption to be a racehorse in her short career, but during training her exercise riders report that she was a forward-thinking, hard-worker. She has the makings of a brave and athletic mare who could really excel in a new career!
Located in Lexington, Kentucky.