06/11/2013 4:47PM

CARMA unveils new aftercare placement program


The California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) has unveiled the CARMA Placement Program, a new service to assist owners and trainers in the placement of Thoroughbreds in need of retirement. The program was created via funding from the Santa Anita Park After-Care Program, an initiative to support racehorse retirement created by owner-breeder Frank Stronach.

The CARMA Placement Program will facilitate the transition of horses from the racetrack to an approved CARMA Aftercare Partner, non-profit benefactors of the organization's grant funds, for placement into a new home.

The Placement Program will work directly with owners and trainers to transition horses admitted to the program to Winners’ Circle Ranch in Bradbury, Calif., where they will be assessed and given any necessary veterinary treatment. They will then be placed with an appropriate aftercare partner for rest, retraining and adoption—or permanent retirement, if necessary.

To be admitted into the program, horses must have raced at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park or Del Mar within the last six months, or must have shown recorded works during that time span at those tracks. Owners and trainers must provide information about the horse's physical condition, including injuries necessitating retirement. Colts cannot be accepted into the program, but newly gelded horses, geldings, and fillies and mares are welcome.

A donation of $500 is requested to help defray the transportation and administrative costs associated with each horse.

For more information, visit the CARMA website.

dsgsgfsgfgd More than 1 year ago
The CARMA website states the expense involved in board and care, apart from veterinary, to maintain a retired/injured horse, Beginning with a monthly quote of $300 for basic care, trimming, dental and worming, 12 months multiplies out to $3000 or 20 years to $54,000. Where can I get this deal? It costs $14 a day minimum, for board alone, at most farms., maybe $11 in the northenmost region of the state. As for their approved partners, don't ;be sure they'll take on any more . I know one that won't. Since the recession of 2008, they are glutted nationwide with discarded horses and pilloried by animal rights groups for alleged and real shortcomings . This attempt to address the issue will not suffice. As pointed out, the most vulnerable on the lowest level are excluded. And if you think the efficient sounding system will save your animal, consider the first step - evaluation. Will that allow for surgery and other expensive techniques?, fo . Recovery alone means stall confinement, then restriction to a pen, for the better part of a year, etc, before costly retraining can even begin.e. Systems and processes are designed to soothe public opinion , but the outcome may be just as negative for the subjects... The moment of truth for this business approaches. .
Debra Medlock More than 1 year ago
Excuse me, but I pay into CARMA with a percentage of any purse money my horses win. However, I race in Northern California. We Northern California owners, breeders and trainers are sick and tired of paying full dues to state wide organizations, playing by the rules of the CHRB, and only getting half the purses, breeders fund purse initiatives, no shipping allowance into Del Mar (even though GGF is further than Turf Paradise, which does get it). Perhaps we should all start paying HALF of our dues and retirement percentage and see how these organizations like it. There is much more to racing than Southern California!