Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care was founded in 2010 to offer retired South Florida based Thoroughbred racehorses successful second careers through rehabilitation and placement in their adoptive “forever” homes. 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.
We believe that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. After our horses are placed in adoptive homes, FL TRAC continues to monitor each horses progress and care. Preparing our horses for a second career and a renewed sense of love and belonging is the ultimate goal.
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.
Dr. Bonnie Comerford: Secretary
Adam Lazarus: Treasurer
Katie Schmit: Farm Manager & Trainer
Maria Plascencia Rivera: Assistant Manager
Troy Levy: Board Member
Aidan Butler: Board Member
Raina Gunderson: Board Member
Patrick Biancone: Board Member
Kyle Plesa: Board Member
OUR HISTORY & MISSION
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 500 horses have entered the program. Approximately one-half have been placed in adoptive homes.
Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, strives to provide retired racehorses both meaningful second careers and an excellent quality of life. We rehabilitate thoroughbreds by providing professional care and training for each as an individual. A rigorous screening process attempts to match each thoroughbred with loving adopters with the goal to provide a new opportunity and purpose for a second career in the show world, polo fields, therapeutic riding program or simply as a loving companion.