Retired Racehorse Project announces Breeders’ Cup partnership
2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner. Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup.
From a Retired Racehorse Project release
The Retired Racehorse Project today announced a partnership with the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, bringing together the most prestigious weekend of Thoroughbred racing in the United States and the premier showcase of off-track Thoroughbreds.
RRP organizes the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, which takes place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The event features approximately 500 recently-retired Thoroughbreds competing in 10 different non-racing disciplines. Spectators vote for one overall winner among the 10 discipline champions, and that horse is crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships takes place Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The best racehorses in the world compete for $30 million in purses and awards, culminating with the famed Breeders’ Cup Classic, which often portends Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year honors.
In addition to prize money and other merchandise, the rider of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred from the Thoroughbred Makeover will receive two tickets to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, where the recipient will be honored in the winner’s circle on Friday, November 2 between races. RRP will also be promoting Breeders’ Cup weekend to off-track Thoroughbred enthusiasts.
“We are honored to be partnering with the Breeders’ Cup to recognize the winner of this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover,” said RRP Executive Director Jen Roytz. “The Breeders’ Cup has long been the proving ground for the best racehorses in the world, and in recent years the Thoroughbred Makeover has earned the same reputation for the country’s top Thoroughbreds in their post-racing careers. For the Breeders’ Cup to show such dedication and support in celebrating these horses after they’ve run their last race is a testament to how much they respect and value these athletes through all phases of their lives.”
“We are delighted to partner with the Retired Racehorse Project in support of the Thoroughbred Makeover and to honor the winning rider of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred at this year’s World Championships,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “In just a short time, the RRP has become a remarkable success story in not only expanding the market for retired racehorses, but increasing value and demand for them at the conclusion of their racing careers.”
In addition to the competition, the Thoroughbred Makeover includes educational seminars and panel discussions focused on Thoroughbreds in second careers, as well as the Makeover Master Class, a demonstration featuring top trainers discussing how to select and restart an off-track Thoroughbred. The Makeover is also a premier opportunity for recreational or competitive riders to shop for horses, as approximately half of the entrants will be available for sale in the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace.
The event also includes an extensive Sponsor Fair and silent auction with racing memorabilia. All seminars are free and open to the public to attend, as are the initial rounds of Makeover competition on Thursday and Friday. The Makeover Finale, featuring the top five horses in each discipline, requires an admission ticket, which can be purchased online at www.tbmakeover.org/tickets.
All horses competing in the Makeover are listed online, along with their pedigrees, race records, breeder, and their racing connections at their last start. The list is searchable and can be sorted by state and sire. View entries at www.tbmakeover.org/entries.