Second Chance Thoroughbreds

Stoneharbor Blonde, a current resident at Second Chance Thoroughbreds, will compete in the Show Hunters and Competitive Trail in the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover. Credit: Lydia Ann Photography
  • Services

    Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

  • Location

    Spencer, New York

  • Founded


  • Average Number of Thoroughbreds


It all started in September of 2011 when Collette Duddy (Executive Director) made her first trip to the backside of the Finger Lakes racetrack and was in awe of the quality of the horses and their bargain prices. Six horses traveled to Second Chance Thoroughbreds in Spencer, NY that year to be retrained and re-homed. Second Chance Thoroughbreds board members Duddy, Wendy Fedor and Maisey Pautz are all experienced horsewomen and volunteer their skills to the organization.

Besides furthering the training of off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs), we attend community events such as parades, school programs, and local horse events. We demonstrate the versatility and trainability of Thoroughbreds.

Thoroughbreds are known for their athleticism, willingness, and desire to please. Second Chance Thoroughbreds is proud to showcase those qualities when representing its horses in the community.

TAA accreditation is the gold standard in Thoroughbred aftercare, and its accreditation has created more sponsorship opportunities for our organization to provide the absolute best care for our beloved Thoroughbreds while they await their forever home.

Now in our 11th year, our mission remains the same: Provide OTTBs with a soft landing after the end of their racing or breeding careers by giving them ample rehabilitation and retraining to transition them to a new career.  In 2023, we received accreditation with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Thoroughbreds are known for their athleticism, heart, and desire to please. Ride an OTTB today!

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