Nileist retired from the track after 13 starts with a record of 2-5-2 and earnings of approximately $34,000.

“After his win at Golden Gate Fields on September 29, he came back with some feet and ankle issues,” co-owner said in a statement. “It was then that we decided it was time for him to leave the world of racing. Yes, it was possible to keep racing, but our team thought he would be happier and safer if we found him a second career.”

With the help of TAA-accredited Racing For Home, the task of retiring Nileist was easy.

“We found Acacia Courtney and her non-profit Racing For Home,” said. “They are a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organization that helps owners like us find their horse a new home that fits their individual needs.”

Through Racing For Home, Nileist immediately found a new home with adopter Karen Grainger in Florida. Grainger anticipates he’ll make an excellent show jumper, and plans to keep everyone updated on his status via her Twitter account, @GloriousAllianc.

“When it came to Nileist, we learned that although the rigors of racing may be a bit much for him, he is a very athletic and sound horse that could still be quite competitive in other equestrian sports,” said. “He is only 4-years-old, so it is very realistic that he could be retrained and thrive outside of racing.”

Although Nileist’s racing days are over, his connections from are excited to see what this next chapter will hold for the son of Pioneerof the Nile.

“He’ll enjoy a few more months of rest and relaxation before his retraining begins. We will be posting lots of pictures and video during his journey and will also be setting up a few opportunities for a visit.”

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