Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Returning to Their Kentucky Home

Thoroughbred racing is returning to Kentucky this weekend as Churchill Downs begins their meet Saturday, May 16 after a weeks-long delay to that start of their spring meet caused by COVID-19. As more racehorses return to the area, Kentucky-based rehoming organizations such as Second Stride, New Vocations, and Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center will likely start to take in more horses soon.

Wouldn’t you love to help them open up a stall by taking home an adoptable horse? Here are three current Kentucky residents looking to go home with you:

Can Do Man. Photo via Second Strides.

Can Do Man (CAN THE MAN – QUALITY MISS, BY GRAND SLAM): 2017 15.3-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Can Do Man can do anything when he grows up! This young one is still growing into himself and packing on some pounds, but I can picture a sleek-looking sporthorse under that baby chestnut fuzz, can’t you? He already shows off a big tracking-up trot and good use of his hind-end when working in a round pen. Can Do Man never made a career start on the track and actually hasn’t done any racing, so he’s a clean slate for anyone looking to scoop up a nice young horse to bring along

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Can Do Man on Second Stride.

Paddock Prince. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Paddock Prince (CAIRO PRINCE – EL FASTO, BY EL PRADO (IRE)): 2017 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Here’s another lovely-looking unraced youngster for you all! He certainly lives up to his name and a real princely-looking prospect. Though Paddock Prince did not race, he did live on the track and have published workouts (so he is 2020 or 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover eligible!) and is a very new, recently having been gelding upon arrival at MMSC so he’s still getting adjusted to his new environment. He’ll need an experienced adopter at this time for that reason, but the sky’s the limit for this guy once he’s been given the opportunity to settle in to a new life.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky.

View Paddock Prince on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Union Cat. Photo via Second Stride.

Union Cat (NOTIONAL – SOUTHERN TAPESTRY, BY SOUTHERN HALO): 2014 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Union Cat last raced in October 2019 and ran a total of six times, winning one race. Since arriving at Second Stride, Union Cat has been ridden in both English and Western tack. He’s also been cleared by the vet and is thought to be suitable for any discipline. Union Cat has a super cute expression under saddle and looks like like he could have some really cute movement too! We’ve featured Union Cat in a previous edition of OTTB Wishlist, but his profile photo has been updated since then and DANG he looks good!

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View Union Cat on Second Stride Inc.