Galloping Out

Galloping Out graduate David’s Lucky Lady at home with her adopter.


Services: Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

Location: North Riverside, IL

Founded: 2010


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 24

Galloping Out is the on-track retirement and adoption program serving Chicago racing.

Galloping Out began accepting horses in the spring of 2010. What began with three horses has grown to a program that can accommodate as many as 30 at one time.

Galloping Out partners with six private farms for rest and rehabilitation, retraining, and eventual adoptions. These farms include professional Thoroughbred farms, hunter/jumper barns, an eventing barn, and a long-term lay-up facility. Several farms have youth programs, and the kids learn old-school horsemanship working with these retired racehorses.

Galloping Out requires an application for an individual to be considered as a potential adopter. Not only are references checked, but as often as possible someone will visit the stable or farm where the horse is going to live. Adopters must ride for the farm trainers to guarantee a good fit. Galloping Out follows up with pictures of the horse at six months and one year and retains the right to do a physical inspection at any time. It stays in touch with the adopters and has found that these new owners can’t wait to share pictures and videos of their horse’s accomplishments.

Galloping Out is in the fortunate position to have the support of Chicago racing, including Hawthorne Race Course, owners and trainers, and racing fans. Along with being supported by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, it has been rewarded with grants from Thoroughbred Charities of America, the Equus Foundation, and several private foundations.

Galloping Out Success Stories

Bridgie the Bull and rider Brittney McCarthy

Bridgie the Bull – From five starts, she never broke her maiden. The daughter of Benny the Bull might not have found her calling on the track, but has come into her own since beginning a second career. Read more


Jost Van Dyke and rider Brittney McCarthy

Jost Van Dyke – The Minnesota-bred began his racing career at 3. It wasn’t until the age of 7 that the multiple stakes-placed gelding made his exit from the track. Read more