After the Races

After the Races


Services: Rehabilitation, Adoption

Location: Elkton, MD

Founded: 2011


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 100


After the Races is a rehabilitation and re-homing facility for Thoroughbred racehorses. Its mission is to rehabilitate and rehome retiring racehorses into appropriate, long-term homes while promoting the versatility of the breed beyond racing.

Since 2011, After the Races has re-homed nearly 800 racehorses, having rehabilitated horses retiring from tracks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Its doors are open to racehorses across the country in need of a safe place to rehabilitate and a chance at a new career.

After the Races, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Elkton, MD, takes in retiring Thoroughbreds and combines the horse’s history on the track with a thorough vetting on the farm to come up with a plan that fits each individual horse’s needs. As the horse is rehabilitated, time is spent evaluating the horse’s temperament and physical capabilities.

When the horse is deemed ready, the retraining process begins, with the goal of seeking to match the horse with an adopter who is suitable and can provide a long-term home for the horse.

Horses come to After the Races through various backstretch programs initiated by racetracks dedicated to finding good homes for horses in their care. It also receives horses from private owners and trainers who are looking to ensure their horses get a chance at a second career.

Since its inception, After the Races has found an increasing desire among racing professionals to see their horses get a second chance, and the organization is excited to work with these individuals to fulfill that goal.

As a nonprofit organization, After the Races relies on the wonderful help of volunteers and donations from fellow horse enthusiasts. Every dollar goes directly toward feeding and caring for these amazing animals.


After The Races Success Stories

First Lieutenant family christmas pic

First Lieutenant – After three starts at Penn National, a handsome bay gelding suffered a slab fracture, thus ending his career on the track. Read more >>

Shwasnicerthen & Tori Kager dressage test

Shewasnicerthen – The daughter of Pleasant Tap made 14 starts at Parx before retiring to After the Races at age 3, having earned $43,011 with a record of 1-3-3. Read more >>


the cake is a lie

The Cake Is a Lie – While rehabbing an injury, the filly bonded with a volunteer. Now the two are continuing their journey together in trail riding and dressage. Read more >>


buddha kai

Buddha Kai – She never broke her maiden on the track, Buddha Kai checked all the boxes and more for her adopter. Read more >>


Fairly Obvious

Fairly Obvious – Fairly Obvious and Lindsey Partridge’s multidisciplinary success earned them the TAA High Point Award at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover. Read more >>


Open Petition

Open Petition – The Maryland-bred son of MGSW Petionville sustained a fractured sesamoid and was retired through Beyond the Wire, but as since healed and now competes in local shows. Read more >>


Claudia's Vision

Claudia’s Vision – While it seemed that the New York-bred daughter of Court Vision just wasn’t meant to be on the racetrack, her disposition and build caught the attention of a hunter/jumper professional. Read more >>


Jacob's Arch

Jacob’s Arch – Tall, dark, and handsome. This 2001 son of Arch caught the eye and captured the heart of Justine Watson. Read more >>