Thoroughbred Makeover Increases Demand for Off-Track Thoroughbreds

phillip webPhillip Dutton and Icabad Crane. Photo by Megan Stapley PhotographyIcabad Crane, a nine-year-old gelding who ran third in the 2008 Preakness Stakes, returned to Pimlico Race Course on Sunday, October 5 to win the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred contest sponsored by EQUUS Foundation, taking home the winner’s share of the $10,000 purse.

The contest, organized as part of the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, paired ten top trainers with ten Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and showed their progress throughout the summer on the RRP’s website.  Each team represented an equestrian discipline: Polo, Show Hunter, Eventing, Ranch Work, Steeplechase, Fox Hunter, Show Jumper, Barrel Racing, Dressage and Pony Club.

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Symposium: Maryland Racing-Where Horses Come First

Eighttofasttocatch-2013-Maryland-Million-Classic-684x437Eighttofasttocatch winning the 2013 Maryland Million Classic. He is trained by panelist Tim Keefe, chairman of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

The second symposium session on Saturday morning of the Thoroughbred Makeover is sponsored by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is titled "Maryland Racing: Where Horses Come First". We will hear from the leaders of Maryland Thoroughbred racing what efforts are being made to increase the numbers of horses retiring from the track sound and ready for second careers. Think medication rules, track surface, pre-race inspections, research on breakdowns and more. It's fascinating stuff that those of us outside racing know too little about.

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Symposium: The First 100 Days

Copy of DiscreetDancer12Anna Ford, program director for New Vocations and part of Team Discreet Dancer (shown) will be one of the panelist for the Saturday session titled "The First 100 Days".The opening session of the Saturday symposium at the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover is "The First 100 Days". The purpose is to explore various ways to approach nutrition, soundness, management, and training in the first 100 days post-racing.

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Demos: Yes, Thoroughbreds CAN Still Dominate the Hunter Ring

boob1Mitos Sexy Rexy (aka Boob) and owner Kristie Glenn--an accomplished A-rated hunter and state champion 4-her!In an age where warmbloods seem to have established themselves in every nook and corner of the English sporthorse world, some people are surprised to hear that Thoroughbreds, and more specifically off-track Thoroughbreds, are still making a big splash in the show hunter world.  On Saturday, October 5, three of America's most competitive OTTB hunters will strut their stuff in a course set up on the homestretch of the Pimlico track.  They are:

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Demo: Lady Legends Barrel Race

Dreaming-Of-Three2Laura and Spade at last year's Makeover.We know that off-track Thoroughbreds make outstanding mounts for barrel racing, as evidenced by the recent Ultimate X Showdown in Ohio, but do off-track jockeys do it just as well?

Find out when three former jockeys take part in the "Lady Legends Barrel Race" that will test retired female jockeys against some top competitors from the Thoroughbred Barrel Racing Association (TBRA). It will be held on Saturday, October 4, during our RRP Thoroughbred Makeover: A Marketplace and National Symposium at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

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