“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 Farm 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 Farm 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, Master Distiller, All I Karabout, Thought Leader and many more!
Sagamore 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!
JUST ADD WHISKEY
4 year old gelding Just Add Whiskey is available for adoption! He is by Congrats out of Gasp, by Hennessey. He is unraced as he was injured in training at 2 years old. Just Add Whiskey was a barn favorite at the track. He has an adorable stocky build, perfect head and sweet personality. He was always kind and willing and we thought he would make a great stable pony when retired. Unfortunately in Spring on 2018 “Whiskey” injured his left front sesamoid and was retired. The veterinarian treating him said he will make an excellent riding horse and should not be limited except to add that he will not be able get to the Olympic level of jumping. After his initial healing Whiskey was turned out with other geldings until Summer of 2020. He started training with Nuno Santos in August and has been a star! He is smart, willing, kind and has lovely gaits. See videos below!
Videos of Just Add Whiskey
5 year old gelding by Colonel John by Lucky Lady, by Midnight Lute. Rickhouse raced 22 times, winning twice and retiring sound in April of 2020. He has been let down and turned out with other geldings since and is now ready to begin retraining. He has not been restarted under saddle so we are looking for an experienced home where he can be retrained for a new career! He has no limitations and is about 16.1 hh.
5 year old gelding by Flatter out of Madoffwiththecash, by Dixie Union. Youngin’ raced just twice, he was injured in his second career start (November 2018) with a bowed tendon in his left front. After down time for the tendon to heal he has enjoyed turnout with a herd of other geldings and now two years after his injury he has had more than enough time to be ready for retraining. He has not been restarted under saddle so we are looking for an experienced home where he can be retrained for a new career! He has no limitations. He is a big boy, 16.2+ and solidly built.
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