Our Mission

Second Stride’s mission is to provide professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses with qualified adopters.

We specialize in giving transitioning thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new. 

Since our founding in 2005, we have placed over 1,500 retired thoroughbred racehorses and other thoroughbreds in need with qualified adopters around the country.


Second Stride is proud to have 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, General A Rod as our ambassador! He would love to welcome you to our Oldham County, Kentucky farm for a tour.
Adopt a horse
Valiant Shi Shi
  • 3 year old thoroughbred filly
  • Valiant Minister (Candy Ride (ARG)) out of Shi Shi Foo Foo by First Defense
  • Bred in FL
  • 15.3 hands. She last worked on 4/21/23 and retired with a fractured left front fetlock. We do have x-rays.

    Shi Shi is a cute little mare that is getting used to farm life. She will need work with grooming manners but she isn’t hateful. She is very sweet when loved on and enjoys a good treat. She is well bred and should be suitable for riding once properly rehabilitated from her injury.

    Shi Shi is stall on stall rest and does well. She enjoys looking out her windows and watching what is happening around her. She is quiet in the barn and keeps to herself. 

    Vet and ride eval pending.


Stage Queen
  • 4 year old thoroughbred filly
  • Dominus (Smart Strike) out of Town Queen by Williamstown
  • Bred in KY
  • 15.2 hands. She last raced on 1/1/23 and retired sound. We were not told of any racing injuries.

    Queen is a lovely filly who is ready to get restarted in her next career! She is very kind and gets along well with her girlfriends. She is quiet in the stall and settles down quickly to graze once turned out.

    Queen should be suitable for any discipline and is willing and ready to work. She is one of the loveliest mares you will find!

    Queen is small but mighty and she will make a great partner for her adopter!

    Vet and ride eval pending.

Role On River
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Long River (A. P. Indy) out of Role Model by Liason
  • Bred in KY
  • 16.3 hands. He last worked on 5/31/22 and never raced. He is sound and we were not told of any injuries. He does have a scar on his left front tendon from an abscess blow out. He has a breathing issue but it doesn’t seem to bother him.

    River is the sweetest gelding anyone could find. He is perfect on the ground and very good to ride. He should be suitable for any level rider in any discipline. He is super willing to do whatever is asked of him and is not spooky at all. He does great going out with his buddies and we have not seen any vices.

    He is respectful of his handlers and walks nicely on a lead rope.

    Vet and ride eval pending.



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