November 30, 2017
The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) are pleased to announce the addition of a new award, the TAKE2 High-Score Junior Rider Award, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. This new award recognizes the junior riders competing on Thoroughbreds in nationwide TAKE2-affiliated Hunter and Jumper classes, with a trophy for the champion, and TAKE2/TCA saddle pads for the top five junior riders in each division. In addition, all junior riders who are enrolled for the award and compete in TAKE2 classes will be eligible for a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship grant from TAKE2. The grant can be used to pay tuition and expenses for higher education anywhere in the U.S. The drawing will be held at the Skidmore College Saratoga Summer Horse Show on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18. “The TAKE2 program has done a tremendous job of working to increase the demand for Thoroughbreds among Hunter/Jumper riders,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “TCA is pleased to support their efforts and we hope that the new high-score award will further incentivize riders to consider a Thoroughbred as their next mount.”
October 2, 2017
The High-Score Champions of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League have been named, and once again Scotty Sherman’s Feather takes the honors in the TAKE2 Hunter division. The TAKE2 High-Score Jumper is Maureen Allen’s Breda, who is trained by Maureen’s husband, Bob, and ridden by teen-aged daughter Grace. The TAKE2 Champions will be honored during a ceremony at the prestigious Capital Challenge Horse Show at Prince George Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4. “We congratulate the TAKE2 champions, and thank all of the owners, trainers and riders who support our program,” TAKE2 and NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. “Together with our sponsors and advocates from the racing industry, we are doing what we set out to do – highlight the success of Thoroughbreds in the sport horse world, and make it easier to find second careers for our retired racehorses.”
September 1, 2017
The success of two of the most prominent Thoroughbred aftercare programs in the country will be celebrated with the inaugural TAKE2 Jet Run Awards. Turning for Home Racehorse Retirement Program, launched in May of 2008 and funded by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, has provided safe retirement to more than 1,800 racehorses from Parx Racing. New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, founded in 1992, has rehomed more than 6,000 retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds since its inception. The horses have come from 40 different racetracks and have been adopted by families throughout the country. The Jet Run Award was created to highlight the role of aftercare organizations in the successful second careers of retired racehorses. It is open to all TAKE2 Thoroughbred League members who are graduates of an aftercare program accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, affiliated with a recognized horsemen’s organization, and/or approved for a grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America.
May 31, 2017
Sidelines Magazine: Rick Violette, Jr. got his start in the equine industry showing hunters and jumpers on the East Coast circuit. He also galloped racehorses part time before opting to make a career at the racetrack. Now, as president of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Inc., Rick is combining all of his equestrian experience to help change the lives of retired racehorses. As a racing trainer, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and longtime member of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) Board of Directors, Rick knows how valuable the Thoroughbred is as a sport horse — and how hard it can be for an off-the-track Thoroughbred to find a new career. “It’s of utmost importance to racing’s owners and trainers that our horses have happy and productive lives when they leave the track,” he 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.”
March 31, 2017
TCA News: Launched in 2012, the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes at horse shows across the country. The program was the brain child of Thoroughbred trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) President Rick Violette, who worked with former New York Racing Association Director of Racing P.J. Campo to get it started. The New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB) was also instrumental in getting the program off the ground. “Rick wanted to find a way to expand opportunities for second careers and to motivate people to bring Thoroughbreds back into the show ring,” said Andy Belfiore, executive director of NYTHA and of the TAKE2 program. “By sponsoring Thoroughbred-only classes, we not only offer the chance to earn prize money, but also shine the spotlight on retired racehorses to demonstrate just how well they perform in the sport horse world.” Focused specifically on the Hunter/Jumper disciplines, the popularity of TAKE2 classes has grown exponentially. In its first year, TAKE2 divisions could be found at three horse shows but, today, the program partners with more than 350 horse shows in 23 states.
March 24, 2017
TDN: Barefoot Mailman (Silver Train) didn’t accomplish much on the racetrack, but the now 8-year-old seems ready to do something far more important than winning a horse race–bringing joy and hope to a 15-year-old girl who has been battling bone cancer. Converted to a show horse and renamed Cos (Cosnochta is the Gaelic word for barefoot), he was given to Madison White as part of the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida program. White had been riding for years but wanted a horse of her own and picked Barefoot Mailman out of a small group of horses that Make-A-Wish said might be available to her. “He’s like a big puppy dog,” White said after her wish came true. “He likes to lick you on the head and ears. He’s really energetic and fun to ride and he really makes me happy.” The story begins where Barefoot Mailman’s career ended. In his second career start, he won a Mar. 8, 2012 maiden special weight race at Oaklawn Park for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, but ran dismally next out in an allowance race. Porter and trainer Steve Hobby concluded that the horse didn’t have much of a future on the racetrack and it is Porter’s policy not to drop his third stringers into claiming races. He would rather make sure they are guaranteed a good home.
January 10, 2017
Blood-Horse: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced Jan. 10 the official opening of its New York satellite facility at October Hill Farm near Fort Edward. Owned by Dan and Danielle Dill, the brand-new equestrian facility has partnered with New Vocations to assist in expanding the program’s New York aftercare efforts. Trainer Leandra Cooper will spearhead the transitional training and adoption operations at the facility. “We are taking in over 80 retired racehorses a year just from New York racetracks and farms, so it was a logical step for us to open a facility there,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations’ program director. “It has taken us nearly two years to find the right facility and personnel who meet our program’s standards. October Hill Farm and Leandra Cooper are great additions to our team, and we are excited to be able to serve more horses in the state.” Andy Belfiore, executive director for the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association said her group is thrilled to have a New York option for some of the horses retired to New Vocations through NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD program.
December 12, 2016
TDN: The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program has unveiled a new year-end award designed to highlight the role of accredited aftercare organizations in creating second careers for retired racehorses, it was announced Monday. The TAKE2 Jet Run Award will honor the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League High-Point Hunter and Jumper that has graduated from an aftercare program accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance or affiliated with the Thoroughbred Charities of America. The award is named for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame inductee who captured three Gold Medals in the Pan American Games for two different countries. Maryland-bred Jet Run was unplaced in seven starts and earned just $96 on the racetrack, but turned into a superstar in his second career. “Jet Run epitomizes the potential of retired racehorses,” TAKE2 President Rick Violette Jr. said. “Those of us who have a lifelong love of Thoroughbreds know how amazing and versatile these athletes are. Accredited aftercare organizations play a vital role in bringing out their potential, giving them the retraining they need after they leave the track and ensuring they find they right homes when they are ready to be adopted. We want to applaud their contributions with this new award.” For more information about the Jet Run Award, TAKE2 at email@example.com.
October 31, 2016
Floral Park, NY…The TAKE2 Thoroughbred League today announced the final standings for the 2016 season. TAKE2’s High-Score Jumper was Grace Allen’s Bowie. A 15-year-old sophomore at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, NJ, Grace has been riding all her life. Bowie raced without distinction under the name Prairie Style, failing to hit the board in four starts at Penn National. The two got together quite by accident. “I got Bowie from a friend of my family, Kelly Lupton,” Allen explained. “She gets a lot of young Thoroughbreds off the track. ‘Bo’ actually came to my farm as a sale horse, but he was a bit too hot for the girl who intended to buy him. He hadn’t been many places besides the track, so he was a bit fresh due to his new environment.” But, she added, “I really thought he had a bright future. He was a fast learner and there was something about him I just couldn’t pass up. His personality was and is amazing. My dad and trainer, Bob Allen, wasn’t quite as convinced as I was that he was something special after the second ride, but by the third he really started to like him. I knew all along that we couldn’t let Bowie pass us by. “
September 21, 2016
Off Track Thoroughbreds: Scotty Sherman’s Feather has soared to a commanding lead in the TAKE2 Hunter Division with 4,648 points, more than double that of Cree Sauer’s Cooperstown now in second place. Feather, who raced under the name She’s From Money, was bred in Maryland and sold for $1,000 as a yearling. She was unsuccessful in four starts at the track, earning just $1,980, but has blossomed since changing careers. (Please see earlier story in Off-Track Thoroughbreds.com). The 7-year-old mare was reserve champion hunter in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League last year, and she will be tough to catch this season. The Thoroughbred League’s second season concludes Oct. 2. “Feather came from a racing background, not a jumping back ground like so many of the horses today, but she had a very special ability that a lot of horses do not have,” said owner/trainer/rider Sherman. “Her biggest attribute is that she absolutely loves to jump; so teaching her how was very easy and fun. I think the most special thing about Feather is the way she glides across the ground, and the jump is just an extension of her canter.”