01/06/2018 8:22PM

New Vocations will receive proceeds from sale of Diversify half-sister


When a broodmare prospect gets an update to her family via a sibling or another close relative performing well in a major event, many individuals, such as her owner and consignor, stand to benefit if she takes a trip through the public auction ring. But the black type that was added to Charitable Link’s page last October could benefit scores of former racehorses, as well.

Charitable Link, a half-sister to last fall’s Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Diversify, will go through the ring Tuesday at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. All proceeds from the sale of the unraced broodmare prospect will go to benefit the New Vocations racehorse adoption program.

Charitable Link, from the first crop of Data Link, was bred in Kentucky by Fred W. Hertrich III and John D. Fielding. Eisaman Equine purchased the filly for $10,000 out of the Taylor Made Sales consignment at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale, intending her to be a pinhook prospect. But when plans to put the filly into training as a juvenile did not come to fruition, Eisaman donated her to New Vocations, which has six facilities dedicated to rehabbing, retraining, and rehoming Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in Ohio, Kentucky, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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While New Vocations' primary mission is to place Thoroughbreds into second careers as riding horses, the program does allow the adoption of fillies and mares as broodmare prospects under certain conditions; all adopters of horses for any purpose must pass extensive background checks. When Diversify won the Gold Cup last October, his third stakes victory on the season, the New Vocations team, along with Eisaman, conferred and decided to capitalize on their filly’s increased value. Charitable Link is being consigned by Four Star Sales, as agent; Tony Lacy, a sales and bloodstock consultant for that agency, sits on the New Vocations board.  

“We are very grateful for Barry and Shari [Eisaman’s] generosity,” New Vocations program director Anna Ford said. “They are some of the nicest people I know and have been supporting our program for over 10 years. We’re hoping for the best on Tuesday and that buyers will also feel generous when bidding, knowing that the funds will go to help retired racehorses.”

Charitable Link and Diversify are out of the placed Street Cry mare Rule One, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Lady Digby and stakes placed Sense to Compete. It is the extended family of Puerto Rican champion Marablue Beauty, Panamanian Group 3 winner Gata Ladra, and graded stakes winner Private Treasure.