Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Times are Tough for OTTBs

Like many other industries across America, Thoroughbred Racing is taking a hard hit from the effects of COVID-19. Several tracks across the country have cancelled their spring seasons and with fewer races to run horses in, owners and trainers have a diminished earning potential. Because of this we expect to see an uptick in horses looking for new homes and second careers as connections may be looking to offload some horses from their string in order to cut costs.

That means that Thoroughbred Aftercare is going to be under some extra stress during this time as well. With an influx of new horses to take in expected, now is a great time to take home an OTTB and give then a fresh start. Here are three adoptable horses looking for their person:

Kid Holiday. Photo via Friends of Ferdinand.

Kid Holiday (MAJESTICPERFECTION – LOTTA CANDY KISSES, BY LEMON DROP KID): 2016 15.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

Kid Holiday came to Friends of Ferdinand last fall as an unbroken 3-year-old colt. He’s been gelded and has been started on the long line and under saddle all within the past couple of months.He’ll need to be taken on by someone with experience starting young, green horses, but having never been raced trained he’s a true blank slate with the potential to do anything his adopter wants to.

Located near Dayton, Ohio.

View Kid Holiday on Friends of Ferdinand Inc.

O’Prado Ole. Photo via Second Stride.

O’Prado Ole (ENGLISH CHANNEL – MEXICAN MOONLIGHT, BY EL PRADO (IRE)): 2010 17-hand Kentucky-bred stallion

We don’t have a ton of information on this handsome horse at this time, but he clearly exudes class and athleticism. His race record backs that assumption up as a Multiple Graded Stakes Placed horses with $234,073 earned in 25 career starts. O’Prado Ole hasn’t raced since 2016, but appears sound upon arrival at Second Stride and show fabulous movement as well. O’Prado Ole is still intact at this time, but is scheduled for gelding.

Located in Prospect, Kentucky.

View O’Prado Ole on Second Stride Inc.

Hunca Rock. Photo via New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.

Hunca Rock (ROCK SLIDE – HUNCA MUNCA, BY YARROW BRAE): 2014 16.0-hand Maryland-bred gelding

Hunca Rock, or “Bubba” as he’s known around the barn, definitely makes for some good eye-candy! He’s more than just a good-looking dude though, he’s a sweet, well-mannered guy and is an in-your-pocket type who loves attention and treats. Bubba retired from the track with a mild bow after his last race in January, but has a very good prognosis and is available for adoption for a very reduced to a qualified person who’s willing to continue the rest of his rehab. Once he’s healed, he should be well-suited for anything — even eventing!

Located in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

View Hunca Rock on New Vocations Racehorse Adoption.