03/14/2013 3:07PM

Penn National to assist in retired horse adoption


Penn National Race Course will aid in the process of retired racehorse aftercare by running informational slates featuring horses available for adoption on its simulcast feed.

The slates will feature photos of the horses, biographical information, and contact information for the farm where the horse is located. They will also feature information regarding what activity each horse may be best suited for in his or her next career, such as trail riding or show jumping.

The initiative is a joint venture between Penn National and the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and will feature horses from recognized racehorse adoption and aftercare programs such as the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) and the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.

"It is very important to utilize as many promotional avenues as we can to help provide good homes for our retired racehorses," said Dan Silver, director of racing operations at Penn National. "Our simulcast feed reaches thousands of viewers around the country and is a natural platform for informing people about horses available for adoption. We will continue to work with the Pennsylvania HBPA to find new and unique ways to raise awareness for Thoroughbred adoption and aftercare."

"As horsemen, we must do everything we can to ensure that all of our horses find wonderful homes upon their retirement," said Pennsylvania HBPA President Tim Shea. "It is terrific that Penn National was so willing to partner with us to help achieve this crucial goal via these television slates and we look forward to working with them on future initiatives."