After “many hours of hunting,” our friends at the Retired Racehorse Training Project have compiled an awesome list, complete with pedigrees and earnings, of the 24 OTTBs entered at Rolex.
With names like Clifton Promise, Parklane Hawk, Parker and Ying-Yang-Yo on the list, it’s highly possible we could witness a Thoroughbred victory gallop this year.
Perhaps the winningest ex-racehorse entered? Amy Ruth Borun’s Santa’s Playboy, who won nearly $130,000 in 43 starts. Read our Rolex Spotlight on Amy (who’s an amateur!) and Santa here.
And how about Courageous Comet, who raced 36 times, placed in a stakes at Aqueduct and earned over $70,000 before becoming one of the most beloved and successful horses on the U.S. eventing scene?
Courageous Comet and Becky conquering Southern Pines II last month.
At the other end of the earnings spectrum there’s Wonderful Will, who raced 11 times and won just $208. But when we see Will and Michael Pollard zooming around cross-country, there’ll be no doubt Will’s found his true calling.
If you’re going to Rolex, stop by the New Vocations booth for a “Thoroughbreds For All” program, which includes a pull-out sheet with all the OTTB stats you’ll need to cheer your favorite ex-racehorses around the course. There will also be a pdf version available for download on the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s website.
And don’t forget: Saturday night, April 28, the Retired Racehorse Training Project and New Vocations will host the “Thoroughbreds For All” celebration and symposium of Thoroughbreds in second careers, featuring appearances by four-star eventers Bruce Davidson, Cathy Wieschhoff and Dorothy Crowell and Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron. The event will take place just down the road from the KHP in the covered arena at West Wind Farm. Tickets are $35 and include dinner; space is limited. Click here for details.
Go Rolex OTTBs.