The Second Race, networks on behalf of the ex-race horse (due to lack of competitiveness, injury, or just a well earned retirement), to find them an adoptive home. In some cases a horse is suited for a new career; and The Second Race will aid in that transition from the race track, by networking or working closely with approved facilities, trainers, or adoptive owners to a new life. Other cases where a prolonged injury has occured or the horse requires a permanent sanctuary, efforts will be made to see that the horse receives the care it needs or a forever home as a pasture pal, or companion horse.
Any horse that was used for racing, or bred to race but did not start a race, is considered a candidate for assistance. While our normal channel for placing race horses is through the Horsemen at the tracks, we will work with owners of ex race horses (OTTB's for example) of any breed (Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarter Horse, and Arabian) which have been purchased or adopted, and now for one reason or another find themselves in need of another home.
When stall space is available, and a horse has not been able to be adopted, The Second Race will have the horse surrendered to them and placed into our foster program; while continuing the search for an adoptive home. The current owner must sign their horse over to The Second Race, provide the Jockey Club papers or authorization to obtain them, or sign a release stating that the horse was sold without pedigree. This will ensure that the horse will not be a racing prospect in the future.
In addition, and when funds are available The Second Race will work with established rescue groups that find ex-race horses (meaning that a tattoo has been identified), on auction lots to aid in their safety off of the lots. However, we are not a funding non profit, and therefore cannot be solicited for funds from other groups.
The Second Race does not buy horses in the purest sense. The Second Race does not broker horses in the purest sense. The Second Race through a collaboration between the existing owner, networking contacts and channels, and the adoptive owner facilitates the adoption of an ex-race horse.
1. Contact The Second Race at 626-733-3815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org the information regarding the horse to include; Registered Name, Sex, Age, Injured (type), history of injuries, or Soundness, Current location of the horse, and any other pertinent information. A form will be completed and signed off as an understanding of the information supplied on the horse.
2. Pictures of the horse are needed to ensure placement. Arrangements will be made to take pictures for posting on the website and other networking channels.
3. Determine the urgency of the placement request. Those horses that must be moved quickly off the race track, or other situation will take precendent. Time frames must be communicated. If surrender of the horse to The Second Race is necessary, a form will be completed by the current owner. A donation is appreciated in taking the horse (to cover feed and foster fees, but is not mandatory). Jockey Club papers must accompany the horse, or written authorization to obtain them. The Jockey Club will be notified.
4. Using several channels the information and pictures of the horse will be posted and the networking on behalf of the horse will begin. The Second Race will continue to work on finding a home for the horse. If in the meantime an owner/trainer places a horse elsewhere, it is their responsibilty to inform The Second Race, so that efforts will not continue. Due to the volume of horses needing homes, communication between the two parties is key.
5. Once a potential adopter is located, an application is sent for completion. The application is lengthy and requires a vet reference, two personal references, and pictures of the place where the horse will reside. When possible an actual visit of the horses new home will be visited by The Second Race. References will be called and a recommendation will be made to the owner/trainer. The current owner of the horse, may want to interview the perspective adopter. Final decisions are made by the current owner or trainer, not The Second Race (unless the horse belongs to The Second Race). The are no adoption fees if the horse is not owned by The Second Race, unless the current owner requests a fee be charged to protect the horse.
All The Second Race horses have an adoption fee of $ 500 (Effective 1/1/11)
6. If approved, an Adoption Agreement is sent for signature by both parties. The Adoption Agreement has several statements that must be agreed to including but not limited to that the horse will not race again. Jockey Club papers in most cases will be retained by The Second Race, and a notation to the Jockey Club will be sent. In some pre-arranged cases papers can be given at the time of adoption, or be held for a period of one year before being turned over to the new owner.
An adopter must take possession of the approved horse within 30 days of signing the Adoption Agreement. If the horse has not been transferred to the adopter by the 31st day, and pre-agreed upon arrangements or exceptions have not been made, the horse may no longer be available to the adopter, and fees charged for the horse, may be kept.
7. TRANSPORTATION is not covered by The Second Race and is the responsiblity of the former owner/trainer and new owner or facility taking the horse. As funds allow, The Second Race may assist with shipping costs, but it is not the responsibility of The Second Race to provide shipping at any time (unless the horse is owned by The Second Race). Several carriers have partnered with The Second Race to provide low cost hauling. Coggins/Health Certificates associated with a horse going across state lines to it's new home, will be the responsibility of the adopter to reimburse The Second Race and will be invoiced along with the adoption fee.
8. The Second Race does not charge a fee for their networking efforts, however a donation of $ 200 from either the former owner/trainer is requested but not required to take in a horse into the Foster Program. (Effective 1/1/11). These donations offset the costs associated with either normal business expenses or the foster expenses of The Second Race's horses. Currently our turn around time for adoption of The Second Race owned horses is 75 days. Donations offset the cost to keep the horse while he/she awaits adoption.
9. There is a fourteen day (14) clause in our Adoption Agreements that states if for any reason the horse is not able to stay with the adoptive owner, The Second Race, will be notified and arrangments will be made to take the horse back. The adoption agreement also provides a fourteen day (14) clause which states that the former owner, can change their mind and request that the horse be returned to them. However, if the former owner exercises this option, they must notify The Second Race directly, pay for all transportation costs associated with the termination of the adoption upfront and sign papers stating such, and reason for termination.
The Second Race reserves the right to inspect a home or visit the adoptive horse giving 72 hour notice (or less if a horse is suspected to be in harm), and The Second Race, while the agreement does not specifically call for it, would like to receive the first right of refusal even years after a horse is adopted.