Calder Donates $25,000 to Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC)

Calder Casino & Race Course will make a public presentation of its $25,000 donation to the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC) program in the Winner’s Circle on Saturday, May 14 following the second race (approximately 1:00 p.m.).

The Florida TRAC program was created in 2009 with the purpose of finding adoptive “forever homes” for Thoroughbreds who have completed their racing careers on South Florida racetracks.  Spearheaded by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA), Calder, Gulfstream Park, professional jockeys, and an array of committed volunteers, the Florida TRAC program has accepted 275 horses into its program and approximately half of them have been placed in adoptive homes.

Horses entering the TRAC program receive hands-on care, professional retraining, and the chance for a second career.  TRAC strives to find suitable adopters for each and every horse.  These retired Thoroughbreds go on to success in the show world, on the polo field, in therapeutic riding programs, or simply as loving companions.

 Adopters are screened and provided with a legal adoption contract.  Affordable adoption fees vary per horse.  After horses are placed in adoptive homes, TRAC continues to monitor their progress and care.

The efforts of Florida TRAC depend on a strong alliance between racetracks, industry officials, horsemen, owners, trainers, jockeys, and fans.  Monthly expenses include basic care such as transportation, feed, veterinary care, supplies, retraining and board, and placement at satellite facilities.  For more information on the Florida TRAC program or to make a contribution, please visit their website at www.fltrac.org.

In addition to its partnership with the Florida TRAC program, Calder works with its corporate parent, Churchill Downs Incorporated, through the “Green Pastures” program to educate horsemen about racehorse adoption and sponsorship programs; facilitate the donations of retired racehorses to non-profit organizations associated with CDI racetracks; raise funds to support retirement, retraining, and adoption organizations associated with CDI racetracks; and raise awareness of the equine retraining and retirement non-profit organizations servicing the CDI racetracks.