“What happens to horses when they can no longer race?”
We believe that thoroughbred owners have a duty to the health and happiness of each horse – before, during and after their racing careers. It is most important to Sagamore Racing that all our horses receive the best care throughout their lives, not just their racing careers. The team at Sagamore puts their horses first, and always looks out for their well-being whether they are racing or retired. Additionally, Sagamore Racing looks to find new careers or forever homes for horses who aren’t a fit for racing.
When Sagamore racehorses reach retirement, the team works together to determine their next steps. Some horses are not sound for riding and will live out their days here at Sagamore Farm, or as a pet/companion horse for someone. Others enjoy downtime out with the herd to just relax and be a horse. We then make plans for them to be retrained and rehomed after their turnout time is complete – we call our program Next Move.
Thoroughbreds are smart, athletic and have an incredible work ethic. As we retrain each horse we begin to learn more about their individual strengths and weaknesses. We can determine which discipline or level of riding will be best for their second career. Whether they will be giving trail rides, competing in dressage or jumping, working cattle or even competing in the Olympics, we want to find the place where they can continue to learn and thrive. We work with trainer Nuno Santos, who is also retired from the Thoroughbred industry and specializes in training Thoroughbreds off the track for a second career. Nuno both retrains our horses and works on matching our horses with their forever homes. These horses include Perpetual Optimism, R J Bentley, Johnson City Kid, Possibly Terrific, All I Karabout, Thought Leader and many more!
Sagamore Racing is a proud partner of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), which raises and distributes money to charitable organizations in Thoroughbred retirement, retiring and re-homing; research; backstretch and farm employee programs; and therapeutic riding programs. Sagamore also supports the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and supports their efforts to accredit and fund organizations that provide aftercare for Thoroughbreds. We have also been the event sponsor for six years and counting for the America’s Best Racing Preakness Kick-off party to benefit the TAA and Beyond the Wire! One other fun way we support retired racehorses is by our support of the Retired Racehorse Project, through monetary donations as well as donating products and supplies to make their events a great success and help raise funds. We have supported the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover and the very fun Real Rider Cup, and will continue to do so!
5 year old gelding Master Distiller is available for adoption. He is by Street Boss out of Circleofinfluence by Eurosilver. Master Distiller is a Sagamore homebred and was named by the fans in our naming contest. He is about 16 hands, very sweet in his stall and in his ground manners. We even used him as our model for a children’s video right after he retired. He stood quietly while we added chalk numbers to his body and made this video. He is Retired Racehorse Project makeover eligible as he last raced in February of 2020 and last breezed in March of 2020. He retired sound in March after 9 career starts and has enjoyed turnout to let down since. We have not re-started him under saddle so he is a clean slate to retrain, he began working on the lunge line on 6/1. He has no physical limitations or health issues. He is a cribber but it is controlled with a strap.
6 year old gelding Possibly Terrific is available for adoption! He is by Flatter out of Carolina Light, by Rockport Harbor. He raced once at 2 years old and retired from racing at 4. After significant let down time, he was retrained by Nuno Santos and did very well in his retraining, he has three lovely gaits. He is a very large horse, not just in height but in size, he is 16.3 and at least 1,500lbs. We gave him time off and brought him back this Spring. He is going along great but has some winter weight to lose 😉 Given his size and for lifelong soundness, he may be best suited for trail riding, dressage, flat work, etc. He is very sweet and well behaved, and once in work he takes a lot of leg to get and keep going. We think he could be a wonderful pet and best friend for the right person!
If you’re interested in being added to our contact list to receive notices on available retired Sagamore horses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you currently own one of our former racehorses, we’d love to see some photos. Please send them to email@example.com