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 the extremely personable SOMETHING AWESOME as our thoroughbred ambassador. Thank you to Adena Springs for trusting us with his care and transition to a new career after racing. Something Awesome is now in charge of greeting visitors to our Oldham County, Kentucky farm location. Schedule your visit with Something Awesome and a tour of our farm >>
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  • 5 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Shackleford (Forestry) out of Ms. Cruisen' by Candy Ride (ARG)
  • Bred in Pennsylvania
  • 16.3 hands. Never raced with no published works. He will be a clean slate for his future partner.

    He does have a history of an old left front bow that is now hard and cold. He also had breathing issues while at the track. He will be a perfect horse for a taller rider that is looking for a companion to enjoy the easy life on the flat. A kind soul that has not shown any vices in or out of the stall. Great trail prospect or lesson horse with his easy going personality.


  • 6 year thoroughbred gelding
  • Majestic Warrior (A.P. Indy) out of Country Diva by Songandaprayer
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 16.1 hands. A winner of over $296,000, he last raced 6/4/21 at Churchill Downs.

    He is on the tail end of rehabbing from a right front suspensory branch injury that occurred 6/4/21.

    Rubus has a great personality and loves to be with people. He comes galloping to you from the field and follows you everywhere. His is playful and curious and loves to have fun. He does crib slightly but it is controlled with a strap. He stands well for the vet and farrier and is quiet while being groomed. He is quiet in the stall and will peek over to see what’s going on in the shedrow. A very intelligent boy.

    Vet recommendation is to  ultrasound  the injury before returning to full work. Rubus will be suitable for lower levels at any discipline.

  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • GHOSTZAPPER (Awesome Again) out of Shh She's Ours by Tiz Wonderful
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 15.3 thoroughbred gelding last raced 6/12/21 at Gulfstream Park

    He retired with a left front ankle chip that occurred on 8/23/21

    He is a very quiet, sweet , laid back boy that had no desire to race. He has settled into farm life quickly and had no problems with turnout. He settles down quickly to graze and gets along well with others. He shows no vices in or out of the stall and respects his handlers. He is quiet under saddle and was very responsive to his rider. A really nice gelding that will make a great companion!

    He will make a nice prospect for any use


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