The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. is committed to promoting and developing second careers for racehorses when they have GrayHorseJumpingretired from the track. Launched in 2012, TAKE2 is sponsored by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and co-founder New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB), as well as supporters from the racing and breeding industries. The Program funds prize money and awards in hunter and jumper classes restricted to Thoroughbreds that are eligible to be registered with The Jockey Club. Offered at AA-rated horse shows in New York, New Jersey (where it was sponsored by New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association) and Texas (where it was co-sponsored by The Paddock Foundation) in its first year, TAKE2 has grown to include more than 300 horse shows in 10 of the 12 U.S. Equestrian Federation zones across 23 states. TAKE2 highlights the success of Thoroughbreds as show horses. The goal is to create a market for retired racehorses, ensuring secure futures beyond the racetrack.


“It is of utmost importance to racing’s owners and trainers that our horses have happy and productive lives when they leave the track,” NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. “In recent years, it has been harder to find homes for retired racehorses in the sport horse world, because the popularity of Thoroughbreds as hunters and jumpers has been on the decline. We believe TAKE2 is helping to reverse that trend. The program was met with remarkable enthusiasm, and horse shows have been eager to add the TAKE2 classes to their prize lists. It is also encouraging to discover how many riders, from the pony clubbers to Olympic-class horsemen, now look to the Thoroughbred when it’s time to shop for their next horse.”



TAKE2 is open to all Thoroughbreds* verified by The Jockey Club registrations papers or lip tattoo number at time of entry. Raced and unraced Thoroughbreds are eligible for the program. There will be no co-branding or co-sponsorship allowed with any TAKE2 sponsored division or class.


The TAKE2 Hunter Division includes two-to-four classes over fences and an under-saddle class. Fences at 3’0″.


The TAKE2 Jumper Division includes one or two classes, fences at 3’3″/1.0 meter.


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* For purposes of eligibility for all TAKE2 Thoroughbred classes and awards, a “Thoroughbred” is defined as any horse that has been registered with The Jockey Club or is eligible to be registered with The Jockey Club. All horse shows require riders to verify registration on the day of the horse show through one of the following methods:


  • The Jockey Club Certificate of Foal Registration or a copy thereof; OR
  • The horse’s lip tattoo, the horse’s 5-cross pedigree and the successful tattoo lookup result from The Jockey Club’s Tattoo Identification Services, (located at registry.jockeyclub.com); OR
  • If neither of the above is available, a letter from The Jockey Club verifying the horse’s identity.


DownloadedFile-1About NYTHAFor over half a century, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has represented the interests of owners and trainers at the New York Racing Association racetracks. NYTHA serves as the New York State Gaming Commission’s recognized representative of NYRA’s 3,000-plus owners and trainers. The organization was founded with the objective of serving as a collective voice for the broad interests of Thoroughbred horsemen, increasing the effectiveness of its constituents in the day-to-day activities of racing and safeguarding their financial interests. NYTHA also provides benevolence to the backstretch community and supports equine aftercare and research. More information is available at www.nytha.com. You can also follow NYTHA on Facebook and Twitter.