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 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, GENERAL A ROD as our newest ambassador! Thank you to Skychai Racing LLCand Hot Pink Stables for trusting us with his care while he is with us. General a Rod started 18 times and amassed a total of $553,177 in earnings with a 5/2/1/ record. Retired in 2016, he spent a few years at stud before coming to Second Stride. General would love to welcome you to the farm for a tour. 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
21 Lauren Byrd
  • 1 year old thoroughbred filly
  • Mastery (Candy Ride (ARG)) out of Lauren Byrd by Arch
  • Bred in KY
  • 15 hands and growing! She was not suitable for racing. 

    Lauren is a lovely filly that is learning ground manners. She enjoys her grooming sessions and loves to be around people. She walks well on a lead rope and is good in her stall. She goes out with another filly and does very well.

    Lauren has corrective screws in both front fetlocks. She had an OCD removed in her left hock in March 2022 and has a corrective screw in both knees.

    Lauren is sound. Due to her confirmation, she will be best suited for flat work. However, once she is full grown at age 4, she may be able to have a more athletic career.

21 Capriana
  • 1 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Lea (First Samurai) out of Capriana by Street Boss
  • Bred in KY
  • 15 hands and growing! He is sound. His left knee is severely offset and was not suitable for racing. He will be best suited for trails or flat work.

    He will be gelded on 9/13/22.

    Capriana is a very sweet, young yearling that is full of potential. He is learning how to be a horse and trust his handlers. He will benefit greatly with regular groundwork. Currently, he is learning to walk well on a lead rope and being groomed and bathed.

    He will need an adopter that is experienced breaking yearlings.

    He stood well for our vet.

Snack Cake
  • 4 year old thoroughbred filly
  • Majestic Harbor (Rockport harbor) out of Direct Deposit by Deposit Ticket
  • Bred in IN
  • 16 hands. She never raced and has no published works. She retired with a right knee fracture. It was repaired with a screw and she is now cleared for full athletic activity. We do have the radiographs.

    Snack Cake is lovely – a smart and solid mare who is cooperative on the ground and gives honest effort under saddle. She is forward and willing, and will benefit from an experienced rider or a rider working with a trainer.

    Snack Cake gets along well with other mares and fillies in the field and also enjoys her time in a stall. We have not seen any vices.

    She has a nice way of going and is sure to excel in her next job. She is suitable for any discipline.

    She stood well for our vet and farrier.



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