Donate A Horse

TAKE THE LEAD, is a retirement program for Thoroughbreds stabled at New York Racing Association tracks. We facilitate the search for rehabilitation and retraining placements for retiring NYRA racehorses.


There is no charge to submit a horse to the program, but donations are encouraged.


Application Process:
If you are interested in retiring a horse to TAKE THE LEAD, you must complete the in-take form that includes information about the horse, as well as the owner and trainer. You can download the application form HERE.


The owner or trainer of the horse to be retired must also submit the following:

    • foal papers
    • a negative Coggins test
    • pertinent x-rays or ultrasounds


Once the application is submitted to TAKE THE LEAD, a representative from the organization will arrange for a comprehensive evaluation of the retiring racehorse by a licensed veterinarian, and provide a report of the evaluation.


TAKE THE LEAD will then contact its partner rehabilitation and retraining programs to find a placement facility, and serve as a liaison between the program and the horse’s owner and/or trainer.


TAKE THE LEAD will also arrange for transportation to the rehabilitation or retraining facility.