“It is of utmost importance to racing’s owners and trainers that our horses have happy and productive lives when they leave the track.” 

– TAKE2 Founder Rick Violette Jr.

That is the mission of TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD.

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. and the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League were created to promote second careers for retired Thoroughbred racehorses as hunters and jumpers.

TAKE THE LEAD, created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, partners with TAA-accredited aftercare organizations to find homes for the Thoroughbreds retiring from competition on the New York Racing Association circuit.


...rewards members who compete in affiliated USEF TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions with $10,000 in year-end High Score Awards and eligibility for the $20,000 TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper Finals.


…presented by TCA, recognizes junior riders competing on Thoroughbreds in nationwide TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper classes, with a trophy for the champion and TAKE2/TCA saddle pads for the top five in each division.


…and help us fulfill our mission of ensuring happy lives for retired racehorses. With your support, we can expand our programs, spread the word our work, and find more forever homes for our beautiful Thoroughbreds.

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TAKE2 Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

The traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is tin, but TAKE2 officials are hoping for something a bit more precious.

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program is celebrating its 10th year. To honor the milestone, the group is launching the “Give 110 Percent!” campaign to raise $10,000 a month for 10 months. The ultimate goal is to reach $100,000 in donations by the end of the year.  And thanks to racehorse owner and entrepreneur Len Green, the group is already more than a 10th of the way to its goal. Green has donated $10,000 to kick start the campaign. Click Here to Read More

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TAKE2 is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (effective Sept. 23, 2013). 
Donations to TAKE2 are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for U.S. federal income tax purposes. 
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