The Jockey Club’s 68th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing will be held virtually this Sunday, August 16th at 10 a.m. EDT. And what matters currently pertain to racing, you might ask? This year’s topics include anti-doping, achieving integrity, and diversity.
There will be some interesting guest speakers to complement the topics: Greg LeMond, pro cyclist (you know, another sport that has seen it’s share of doping troubles) and three-time Tour de France winner will speak to the importance of clean competition; Bob Costas, who you might remember as the face of NBC’s Olympics coverage for many years (perhaps most unfortunately memorably when he got pink eye during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Oof.) and their Triple Crown coverage will talk about the challenges sports face in 2020 (no, we’re not sure how long this stream will last); and Katrina Adams, the first African American, first former professional tennis player, and youngest person ever to serve as president of the United States Tennis Association (you go, girl) will speak about diversity.
You can find the full agenda and the live stream when it comes time on the Jockey Club’s website. So, if you don’t have any other Sunday morning plans … eh, why not tune in? In the meantime, check out these three adoptable OTTBs who are done pertaining to racing themselves:
This huge gelding did decently on the track, earning $148,131 in 34 career starts, but with his sport horse pedigree and proven athleticism he could really shine off the track as well. Formal Start is nicely built and has a lovely, floaty uphill movement. He may be big, but his handler describes him as “big teddy bear.” While Formal Start is sound, he has occasionally bled in races, which is the reason his owner is looking to find him a new career. Occasional “bleeders” don’t typically have an issue in other careers, however — even at the upper-levels — so don’t overlook this guy!
Located at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington, New York
This young filly came to the Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue (MAHR) through their connections at Maryland’s Beyond the Wire organization and the folks at MAHR are thrill to have her because she really ticks all the boxes of what people want. Tapping My Heart has a great brain, is sound, has no vices, and is a lovely mover with an awesome canter in particular. She only raced five times in her first career, but they think she has the potential to reach the upper-levels of her next sport!
Located in Warwick, Maryland
Orange Twister made 10 total starts and with her best placing being third, which she achieved twice. She may be young and pretty fresh off the track, but “Orange” is easy to handle and super affectionate. She really loves to spend time with her person getting loved on and soaking up attention. Orange has just started with ground work and is being slowly introduced to her new career. She’s showing her trainer that she’s very cleaver and a quick-learner. She’s going to be a super fun (and super cute) one to bring along!
Located in Covington, Louisiana.