Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care
Our efforts depend on a strong alliance between race tracks, industry officials, horsemen, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans. Each and every donation brings us closer to achieving our ultimate goal to see all our horses in successful second careers. Why do we need your help? Monthly expenses include basic care such as transportation, feed, veterinary care, supplies, retraining and board, including placement at satellite farms when our main facilities become overcrowded.
In April 2009, recognizing the need for a South Florida based Thoroughbred retirement program, a group of committed volunteers began a retirement and placement program dedicated specifically to horses that competed at either Calder Race Course or Gulfstream Park during their racing careers. Spearheaded by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), Calder Race Course, Gulfstream Park and professional jockeys, a program was created for the sole purpose of finding adoptive “forever” homes for retired Thoroughbreds. The group has since evolved into Florida TRAC (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care Program). Since its inception in 2009, over 400 horses have entered the program. Approximately, nearly one-half have been placed in adoptive homes.
Metamorphis of the Race Horse
Horses can have more than one purpose. Horses entering the TRAC program receive hands on care, professional retraining, and the chance for a second career. TRAC strives in every way to find suitable adopters for each and every horse. These retired Thoroughbreds go on to success in the show world, on the polo field, in therapeutic riding programs or simply as loving companions. Our adopters are screened and provided with a legal adoption contract. Affordable adoption fees vary per horse. After our horses are placed in adoptive homes, TRAC continues to monitor their progress and care. Preparing our horses for a second career and a renewed sense of love and belonging is the ultimate goal.
The racing industry continues to support our efforts through purse contributions and annual donations. However, the continued success of our program depends on caring and generous individuals who are dedicated to providing a dignified retirement for our gallant equine athletes.
It is a sad truth however, that a vast majority of the general public and even many racing fans are unaware of the potentially bleak fate that awaits many retired Thoroughbreds each year. With your help we can increase the number of horses in the program, while at the same time, increase the public’s awareness of our mission.