Who we are

We’re a group of dedicated racing industry professionals providing a safe path to a new career for our thoroughbred stars of the bluegrass state.

Second Stride provides professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses. The program specializes in giving retired thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new.

Visit our Oldham County, Kentucky farm to learn about Second Stride, and see our amazing adoptable thoroughbreds preparing for new careers. Tours last 1 hour and can be booked by appointment at flexible times and days. For best availability please request tours with as much notice as possible. This is an outdoor walking tour, so dress accordingly. Visitors will leave with a gift from the Bluegrass! To visit our facility and our adoptable horses, contact: info@secondstride.org

Second Stride is proud to have transitioned the extremely personable SOMETHING AWESOME. Something Awesome was our thoroughbred ambassador for a year between 2020-2021. Thank you to Adena Springs for trusting us with his care and transition to a new career after racing. Something Awesome was adopted in October of 2021 and is now in a show barn and much loved by all who meet him. If you would like to take a tour of our Oldham County, Kentucky farm location and see how Second Stride helps thoroughbreds click the following link. Schedule your visit with our horses and a tour of our farm >>
Adopt a horse
’20 Exchange Cat
  • 2 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • West Coast (Flatter) out of Exchange Cat by Exchange Rate
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 15 hands he never raced and has no published works. He has an offset knee so his owner decided not to move forward with racing.

    A kind gelding, he turns out well with other geldings and settles down quickly to graze. In the stall he is calm and quiet and doesn’t have any vices. He is broke and ready to get started on his new journey. He will be a clean slate to bring along. He will be best suited for flat work or lower level hunters, fox hunting.

    He does have limited range of motion in the knee.

    Ride eval pending.

  • 9 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Misremembered (Candy Ride (ARG)) out of School Girl by Snow Ridge
  • Bred in Louisiana
  • 16 plus hands. He last raced on 5/5/21 at Evangeline Downs and is the winner of  $216,363. He retired sound.

    He was restarted by his racing owner and would be best suited for the dressage ring or  trail life. Maurice or Mo is super sweet, social, curious and sensitive. He is a very smart horse who raced several years and was a barn favorite. Mo is easy to lead, cross tie, and lunge. He will need an experienced rider to help him complete his transition. Please note, he will NOT be a hunter/jumper as he is not a fan of the jumps.

    He has settled in quickly to our farm and has no vices in or out of the stall. He gets along well with other geldings.

    Mo does have a history of founder in both front feet. He does have a current abscess causing heat in his RF cannon bone.

    Ride eval pending.



  • 6 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Stroll (Pulpit) out of Irish Witch by Bernstein
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 15.3 hands he retired due to being too slow. He is sound and ready to train for any discipline.

    A cute, plain bay fresh off the track, he last ran on 12/31/21 and is sure to put a spell on you. He is ready to meet his new partner and start on his new journey. Our vet did not find any issues upon exam. Hex will need an experienced handler to help him learn how to be a pleasure/sport horse. We are under his spell and sure Hex will mesmerize judges or trail partners everywhere with his dark coat and book of spells!

    He stood well for our vet and seems sensible. He settled in quickly to farm life and is going out with the herd and doing well.

    Hex is a cribber that is controlled with a strap.

    Ride eval pending.


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