Contact: Andy Belfiore FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TAKE2 Executive Director Dec. 12, 2016 email@example.com
NEW TAKE2 JET RUN AWARD HIGHLIGHTS ACCREDITED AFTERCARE ORGANIZATIONS
The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program today unveiled a new year-end award designed to highlight the role of accredited aftercare organizations in creating second careers for retired racehorses. The TAKE2 Jet Run Award will honor the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League High-Point Hunter and Jumper that has graduated from an aftercare program accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance or affiliated with the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
The award is named for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame inductee who captured three Gold Medals in the Pan American Games for two different countries. Maryland-bred Jet Run was unplaced in seven starts and earned just $96 on the racetrack, but turned into a superstar in his second career. Purchased from Mexico after his first Pan Am Games success, he competed for prominent racehorse owner F. Eugene Dixon and was ridden by trainer Michael Matz, who himself successfully transitioned from the show ring to the racetrack. Jet Run won 14 Grand Prix events and earned the 1981 AGA Horse of the Year title.
“Jet Run epitomizes the potential of retired racehorses,” TAKE2 President Rick Violette Jr. said. “Those of us who have a lifelong love of Thoroughbreds know how amazing and versatile these athletes are. Accredited aftercare organizations play a vital role in bringing out their potential, giving them the retraining they need after they leave the track and ensuring they find they right homes when they are ready to be adopted. We want to applaud their contributions with this new award.”
Horses enrolled in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League are eligible for the Jet Run Award, even if they are no longer owned by the original adopter, or have been released in good standing from their adoption contract. The winners will each receive a crystal trophy, and their affiliated aftercare organizations will display perpetual trophies for a year.
Photo: F. Eugene Dixon congratulates Michael Matz after his win on Jet Run in the 1978 American Gold Cup. Credit: www.showjumpinghalloffame.net/
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) partnered with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB) to create TAKE2, with the goal of making it easier to find new homes for retired racehorses. The TAKE2 Thoroughbred League is a member-based initiative that offers participating hunters and jumpers the chance to win a total of $30,000 in year-end awards. With 315 host shows, the League boasted just shy of 200 members, representing 31 states, last season. In addition to founding the League, TAKE2 sponsors awards and prize money in Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper classes, and supports Thoroughbred aftercare initiatives nationwide. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, it is co-funded by members of the Thoroughbred industry around the country: Fasig-Tipton Co.; New York Breeding and Development Fund; Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations in Illinois (through Galloping Out), Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (through Turning for Home); Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company; and Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers. TAKE2 is a 2016 TCA grantee.